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Crane Fly - Bittacus strigosus - male

Crane Fly - Bittacus strigosus - Male
Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve, Lake County, Illinois, USA
June 29, 2007
there was a mass emergence of these crane flies. There were hundreds of them in the woods.

Moved from Bittacus.

ID and sex
Bittacus strigosus, male. Great photo. The odd-shaped, multi-lobed epiandrial appendages can be seen.

This is a hangingfly
in the family Bittacidae, Order Mecoptera. They are related to the common scorpionflies. This one probably is in the genus Bittacus . - Chen

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