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Family Tipulidae - Large Crane Flies

Yamatotipula Crane Fly - Tipula - female Possible  Tipula colei ? - Tipula BG1149 D1240 - Megistocera longipennis - female unknown - Nephrotoma BG1904 D2613 - Tipula - male Tipula? - Tipula - male Tipula? Cranefly? - Tipula Crane Fly - Tipula
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)