Crane fly

( Latin: Tipula paludosa)

Crane flies are among the animals which can cause panic in the bedroom when – attracted by the light – then fly in from outside and flap against the lampshades.

Crane flies are merely large flies. They do not feed as adults, nor do they bite or sting. The female lays eggs in the ground, where the larvae feed on vegetation, sometimes causing damage by gnawing the roots of plants.

As mentioned on p. 159, some crane flies can live in old thatch.