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Family Tipulidae - Large Crane Flies

Large Crane Fly - Tipula hirsuta Large non-stop cranefly - Ctenophora dorsalis - female Which Crane Fly please - Tipula BG1873 D2729 - Tipula - female BG1873 D2729 - Tipula - female Fat Crane Fly #2, from Sunnyvale - Tipula - female Crane fly - Tipula - male Giant Crane Fly - Tipula abdominalis
Classification
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)
Other Common Names
Daddy-Long-Legs (UK)
Explanation of Names
from Latin tipula 'water spider'(1)
"Crane fly" refers to a semblance with long-legged birds
Numbers
ca. 560 spp. in ~15 genera (divided into numerous subgenera) in our area(2), almost 4,300 spp. in 113 genera worldwide(3)(4)
Identification
terminal (fourth) segment of maxillary palpus elongate, longer than first three segments combined (short or subequal to third segment in Limoniidae)
antennae usually 13-segmented (14- or 16-segmented in Limoniidae)
Range
worldwide and throughout NA
Life Cycle

Larva                        Pupa                        Female                        Male
Internet References
(5)