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Genus Pedicia

Crane Fly - Pedicia autumnalis Crane Fly at Mercury Vapor Lamp - Pedicia inconstans Giant Eastern Crane Fly - Pedicia - female giant Eastern crane fly - Pedicia - female Crane Fly IMG_0474 - Pedicia inconstans - female Crane fly - Pedicia inconstans - female Pedicia - male hairy-eyed crane fly - Pedicia calcar - 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 Pediciidae (Hairy-eyed Crane Flies)
Genus Pedicia
Explanation of Names
Author of genus is Latreille, 1809.
Numbers
60 species in North America, listed under family Tipulidae at nearctica.com
11 species in the subgenus (Pedicia) in North America (David Bree, pers. comm.)
Size
body length more than 20 mm
Identification
dark triangle along costa about two-thirds distance from base of wing
distinct hairy eyes
Range
northeastern US and southeastern Canada, based on photo submissions to BugGuide. Species also found into southeast, e.g., North Carolina, perhaps only in Appalachians, and recorded at least as far west as Minnesota - perhaps even as far as British Columbia (P. albivitta listed at Trinity Western U., Langley, BC).
Habitat
larvae are strictly aquatic and predaceous, a good bioindicator of clean aquatic habitat
Season
Two flight seasons for northeastern species, usually in May/June and September/October
Food
Predaceous on small aquatic insects
Remarks
P. albivitta is one of the largest crane fly species in northeastern USA and Canada, the other being Tipula abdominalis.
Print References
Brimley, p. 318, lists P. albivitta and P. contermina (May), both from mountains of North Carolina. (1)
Young, C. and Gelhaus J. 2000 lists P. albivitta, P. margarita, P. procteriana in Pennsylvania.
Internet References
pinned adult images of P. albivitta male and female (Chen Young, The Crane Flies of Pennsylvania)
Two species noted from Cedar Creek, Minnesota, (family account)
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection lists albivittata (4 specimens) and inconstans (15 specimens)
preserved adult image of P. procteriana male (Chen Young, The Crane Flies of Pennsylvania)
Works Cited
1.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.