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Genus Erioptera

Crane Fly - Erioptera chlorophylla late night critter - Erioptera chlorophylla Unknown - Erioptera tantilla - female Male Mosquito?  - Erioptera caliptera White crane fly - Erioptera Green crane fly - Erioptera Erioptera septemtrionis ? - Erioptera septemtrionis Poss. Erioptera femoraatra - Erioptera
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 Eriopterini
Genus Erioptera
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Former subgenus Symplecta is treated as a separate genus on BugGuide
Explanation of Names
Erioptera Meigen 1803
Numbers
90 spp. in North America, ~300 total
Size
body 2.5-7 mm
Identification
small crane flies variously colored pale green, brownish-yellow, dark brown, or grayish, with or without markings on wings and body
Habitat
larvae of many species develop in moist or saturated earth near water edges; adults are found in low vegetation near water or in various other habitats such as woodlands and grasslands
Season
spring through fall (or spring and again in fall, in some species)