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Genus Elephantomyia

Crane Fly - Elephantomyia westwoodi - female Crane Fly - Elephantomyia westwoodi - female Crane fly  - Elephantomyia westwoodi Crane Fly with long proboscis - Elephantomyia westwoodi - male Crane Fly - Elephantomyia westwoodi green-eyes Crane fly? - Elephantomyia westwoodi Limoniid Crane Flies - Elephantomyia - female 2018-08-10 Loooooong-nosed crane fly - Elephantomyia westwoodi - female
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 Limoniini
Genus Elephantomyia
Explanation of Names
ELEPHANTOMYIA: individuals in this genus have a very long proboscis - "like the trunk of an elephant"
2 species in North America: curtirostris and westwoodi (
Page creation based on Chen Young's identification of this image.
Internet References
occurrence in Pennsylvania; list - E. westwoodi (James Fetzner Jr. and Chen Young, Carnegie Museum of Natural History)
occurrence in North Carolina; list - 4 pinned specimens of E. westwoodi from North Carolina in collection (North Carolina State U.)
classification of Elephantomyia in subfamily Limoniinae (U. of Amsterdam, Netherlands)