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Genus Nephrotoma - Tiger Crane Flies

Albino crane fly? - Nephrotoma eucera long legged something - Nephrotoma crane fly - Nephrotoma virescens Nephrotoma cingulata - female on a leaf - Nephrotoma alterna - male yellow cranefly - Nephrotoma - female Crane Fly - Nephrotoma Fly - Nephrotoma
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 Nephrotoma (Tiger Crane Flies)
Explanation of Names
Nephrotoma Meigen 1803
Numbers
37 spp. in our area, ~470 total(1)
Identification
Largely diagnosed based on wing venation. Wings have Rs very short and oblique in position and cell M1 sessile or short-petiolate. Body color tends to be yellow, orange and often variegated with black.(2) The polished body also distinguishes Nephrotoma from most other large northeastern crane flies.
Range
worldwide except Australasia but poorly represented in the New World (just 14% of the spp.); both Africa and the entire Eurasia have very rich faunas(1)
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