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Genus Tipula

Cranefly - Tipula - Tipula Giant Crane Fly - Tipula abdominalis Crane Fly - Tipula furca Crane Fly - Tipula July Tipula - Tipula furca - male Large Crane Fly - Tipula - male Another St. Paul Crane Fly - Tipula carinifrons - male Tipula abdominalis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Tipulomorpha (Crane Flies)
Family Tipulidae (Large Crane Flies)
Subfamily Tipulinae
Genus Tipula
Explanation of Names
Tipula Linnaeus 1758
Latin tipula/tippula 'a water spider'(1)(2) or, per Nettleship (1889), 'water fly'
>480 spp. in 27 subgenera in our area, ~2400 spp. in 40 subgenera total(3)
Typically 10-25 mm
Technical characters needed for identification. A few species are distinctively marked.
worldwide (~60% of spp. in Holarctic region)(3)
Print References
several species illustrated in(4)(5)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
3.Oosterbroek P. (2014) Catalogue of the craneflies of the world
4.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
5.The Common Insects of North America
Lester A. Swan, Charles S. Papp. 1972. Harper & Row.