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Species Tipula oleracea - Marsh Crane Fly

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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
No Taxon (European Crane Flies)
Species oleracea (Marsh Crane Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tipula oleracea Linnaeus, 1758
Size
Adults: 2.5-3.0 cm long, pupae 3.0-3.5 cm, mature
larvae 3-4 cm and eggs 1.0 x 0.5 mm.
Food
Larvae feed on roots of grasses.
Adults don't feed
Life Cycle
Larvae develop through four instars before they pupate.
Remarks
Non native. Introduced from Europe before 1955
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