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People Can’t Believe How Many Daddy Long Legs Are Appearing This Year

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People Can’t Believe How Many Daddy Long Legs Are Appearing This Year

If you reckon you're seeing a lot more daddy long legs this year... you aren't on your own.

For those that don't know, a 'daddy long legs' is the nickname given to the infamous crane fly, which ironically happens to have long legs with very bendy knees.

With the random 'heatwaves' we've been getting in the last few weeks, there definitely seems to be a lot more of the critters flying about.

Well, to complain about this invasion, people of the UK have been commenting on a Reddit thread about 'the insane number of daddy long legs this year'.

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One user explicitly wrote: "It seems like there are far more of these useless, bumbling f***wits about this year than I can ever remember before."

A second user agreed and commented: "Definitely, I actually had to get seven out of my girlfriends living room yesterday.

"I wouldn't even mind them if they stayed on the walls but they take every opportunity to divebomb your f*****g face."

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Whilst a third user revealed: "One flew at my face in the shower yesterday and I nearly died."

However, a final user said their cat has been doing a good job of keeping them out: "Big thanks to my cat who's been doing most of the heavy lifting regarding removals."

If you're considering getting a cat, now is the best time!

But, truthfully, are there more daddy long legs or are we just noticing them a lot more than usual because of the aftermath of the pandemic keeping us indoors a little bit more?

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Matt Shardlow of the UK insect charity Buglife told The Guardian: "As with most insect abundance stories it is nearly impossible to say anything definite as there is no national abundance monitoring of crane flies, and abundance can be very patchy.

"So if you live next to a field where the crane flies have done well you will notice dozens, while someone living a few miles away may see many fewer than they are used to seeing, due to local conditions."

Shardlow says that it's impossible to know if there are more this year than the last, and a lot depends on where you live.

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He added: "All we can really say is that this is not a bad year for crane flies.

"Some people are seeing considerable numbers, but no one should be concerned about these big gangly flies as they are completely harmless.

"Most of the large crane flies people see at this time of year will be common daddy long legs (Tipula paludosa) but there are over 350 species in the UK."

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Topics: UK News, Animals, Insects

Anish Vij
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