Invasion Of 200 BILLION Daddy Longlegs On The Way

Billions of daddy longlegs are set to hatch out this autumn in a “boom of food” for wildlife – including a giant variety spreading north because of climate change.expressThe insects – also knows as crane flies – provide food for wildlife, such as birds and spiders, just before the winter comes, insect charity Buglife said.

Some 200 billion of the harmless insects, which commonly head into homes, are expected to hatch out this year because of a warm summer and recent rain.

Most of the crane flies hatching out are Tipula paludosa, a species which is around an inch in size and is found across the UK.

But a non-native species, Tipula maxima, which has a leg span of up to four inches, is also spreading north because of warming temperatures.