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Genus Tipula

Flying Insects in Lawn - Tipula BG1932 E0246 - Tipula - male Crane fly  - Tipula longiventris Tipula trivittata? - Tipula Large Crane Fly - Tipula Crane Fly - Tipula fuliginosa Red Eyed Crane Fly - Tipula Tipulidae - Tipula colei
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)
Genus Tipula
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tipula Linnaeus, 1758
Linnaeus used Tipula for a wide variety of non-biting flies with long antennae. The term was restricted until by the 20th century it had approximately its present meaning.
Explanation of Names
From Latin tipula (or tippula) a water spider (1) (2). (Nettleship, 1889, Contributions to Latin Lexicography--via Googlebooks--gives meaning of tippula as "water fly", quoting original Latin sources.)
Numbers lists about 473 species.
Arnett, p. 851, lists 27 subgenera. (3)
Typically 10-25 mm
Large craneflies, and a huge genus in terms of species. Technical characters are no doubt needed for identification. A few species in this large genus are distinctively marked.
Print References
Arnett, p. 851, fig. 29.12--T. trivittata (3)
Borror, entry for tipula (1)
The Century Dictionary, entry for Tipula (2)
Salsbury pp. 379-380, photos T. abdominalis, dorsimacula, furca, triplex (4)
Swan and Papp, pp. 585-586, figs. 1252-1256, illustrates and describes several species. (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.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
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.