|I spotted three long-legged insects this week. They all big enough to get noticed a lot, and two of them are frequently misidentified. The crane fly pictured here, for instance, is often mistaken for a giant mosquito. It's not. It's harmless.
|The long-legged creature posing on the fading coneflower is an arachnid in the scientific order Opiliones.
|It ia not a giant spider. It ia not venomous. Good news, right?
|And last a well-known, well-liked, and never mistaken praying mantis looking leggy.