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Species Tipula fuliginosa - Sooty Crane Fly

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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 Tipula
No Taxon (subgenus Lunatipula)
Species fuliginosa (Sooty Crane Fly)
Explanation of Names
FULIGINOSA: from the Latin "fuligo" (soot) or "fuliginosus" (sooty); probably refers to the dark wings and body of the female, and is the origin of the suggested common name Sooty Crane Fly
body length 15-17 mm
Adult: sexually dimorphic; male body light orangish-yellow, and wings yellow basally, more clouded apically, with small brown spots along costal margin; female body much darker with blackened wings that have distinctive pattern of whitish patches near apex; female abdomen dark brownish-orange with dark gray to black doral and lateral line; legs yellowish in both sexes, with dark apical band on femora and tibiae, more conspicuous in female
northeastern United States and southeastern Canada
damp thickets along creeks and moist grassy patches in bottomland woods; adults may be attracted to light
adults in June, based on two BugGuide postings
Internet References
pinned adult image of female and male by Chen Young, taken from this page (Crane Flies of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Museum of Natural History)
presence in Michigan; list (C. O'Neal, U. of Michigan)
presence in North Carolina 6 pinned specimens in collection, including locally-collected specimens (North Carolina State U.)