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Species Helius flavipes

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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 Limoniidae (Limoniid Crane Flies)
Tribe Limoniini
Genus Helius
Species flavipes (Helius flavipes)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rhamphidia flavipes, Limnobia prominens, Rhamphidia brevirostris
Size
6 to 7 mm. long.
Identification
Head: Head brownish-gray. Palpi and proboscis black. Proboscis a little longer than head.
Antenna: Brown at base, rest of segments lighter brown.
Thorax: Either yellowish or brownish, usually stripes are indistinct.
Wings: Clear with a dark, squarish spot (stigma) along top margin (costa). Wing tip also dark. Halteres pale to slightly brownish.
Legs: Long and pale yellow. Tip of each segment dark. Toes (tips of tarsi) also dark.
Abdomen: Male abdomen narrow, female abdomen wider and may have red mites attached. Segments dark brown with a yellowish ring. Last segment entirely brown. Female has long sharp ovipositor, male has lobed abdomen tip.
Range
Alberta to Nova Scotia, southward to Texas and Florida; also Kansas.
Habitat
Sunny marshes, slow-moving streams.
Season
May to early September; usually to June in the north.
Food
Unknown
Life Cycle
The larvae found in marsh muck.
Remarks
Type specimens unknown.
Internet References
Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1859, Vol. 11, by Osten Sacken, pg. 222.
Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 1869, Vol. 8: Diptera of North America, Part 4, by Osten Sacken, pp. 105 to 106.
The Diptera of North America, 1965 U.S. Dept. Agriculture. pg. 42 and 50.
Memoirs of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1919-20; #19 to 38: pp. 877 to 898.