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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Tipula

Mating Crane Flies - Tipula - male - female BG1969 D2151 - Tipula subeluta - female Tipula ZH3Z2873 - Tipula borealis - female Crane Fly - Tipula - female Winged insect - Tipula Tipula caloptera - Tipula noveboracensis - female Tipula ultima? - Tipula ultima Tipula? - Tipula - female
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)
Subfamily Tipulinae
Genus Tipula
Explanation of Names
Tipula Linnaeus 1758
Latin tipula/tippula 'a water spider'(1)(2) or, per Nettleship (1889), 'water fly'
Numbers
>480 spp. in 27 subgenera in our area, ~2400 spp. in 40 subgenera total(3)
Size
Typically 10-25 mm
Identification
Technical characters needed for identification. A few species are distinctively marked.
Range
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. (2023) 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.