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Genus Megistocera

BG1149 D1240 - Megistocera longipennis - female BG1149 D1240 - Megistocera longipennis - female BG1158 D1595 - Megistocera longipennis - female BG1158 D1595 - Megistocera longipennis - female Crane Fly - Megistocera longipennis - female Rainbow Winged Flying Insect - Megistocera longipennis Rainbow Winged Flying Insect - Megistocera longipennis from the past - Megistocera longipennis - 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 Megistocera
Explanation of Names
Megistocera Wiedemann 1828
'huge horns': in males of the type-species, M. filipes, antennae are much longer than body
Also spelled Maekistocera
Numbers
a single species in our area, 2 spp. total(1)
Range
tropical group, with one sp. in the New World (Gulf States to Argentina, Bolivia), another widespread in the Old World tropics(1)
Habitat
warm areas at low latitudes