The Phantom Crane Fly, a most unusual bug. It floats in awkward flight like a hover craft. It's large legs are all that is visible as its wings beat rapidly to maintain altitude. It appears like a black and white spider from Mars. What genetics made this bug develop these nonsensical extremities?
The Phantom Crane is about three inches across and has six large and long legs. Crane flies look like a large mosquito, but do not bite. The Phantom looks like he is 1/3 Crane Fly, 1/3 spider and 1/3 dragon fly. A bizarre bug at best. They like the rivers dark , damp cover. These last few years while fishing, I have seen more than ever. Some times 2 or 3 a day. Called the Phantom for his confusing contrasting colors of black and white, that tricks your eyes as you try to follow his erratic flight. He seems to vanish.
Very little is known about it and some research referred to it as vanishing or in decline. I believe that anyone studying entomology would not want to do his doctors thesis on the Phantom Crane fly. A full year studying this bug could lead to mental deterioration. So while fishing I guess identifying the Phantom Crane is all we can do. It is harmless, unusual, certainly entertaining. Not much else is known. However, I do believe they taste like lobster...try one...Wink-Wink!