insect on apple tree
I have a brownish sheer lacey winged insect about 1 1/2 small branch on my potted young apple tree. I noticed some leaves were partially eaten, others completely gone, and just pulled off a 3-4" long brown caterpillar. There are tiny black oblong dots speckled on the tree. Could the winged creature be beneficial?
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I believe this to be a Crane Fly.
They are not a beneficial insect, but really are not harmful.
Here is a link with more information.