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Species Symplecta cana

Crane fly - Symplecta cana vl - Symplecta cana Crane Fly - Symplecta cana Symplecta? - Symplecta cana - female Unknown Crane Fly - Symplecta cana Limoniidae ? - Symplecta cana Symplecta cana Crane Flies - Symplecta cana - male - 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 Eriopterini
Genus Symplecta
No Taxon (subgenus Symplecta)
Species cana (Symplecta cana)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erioptera (Symplecta) cana
adult body length 6-7 mm
head and body medium gray with 3 dark gray stripes on top of thorax; legs long, unbanded, dark gray or blackish; several dark spots scattered across otherwise clear wings; S-shaped vein A2 is characteristic of genus Symplecta
widespread throughout North America
also occurs in Central America
larvae are found in saturated earth along water edges; adults occur in nearly all wooded and open grassland habitats
spring and again in fall (common to abundant in spring; less conspicuous in fall)
Life Cycle
two generations per year
The first crane fly species to appear in the spring, when most vegetation has not yet started growing.

Original page creation (of Erioptera cana by RM) based on Chen Young's identification of this image.
See Also
Closely related species in southern and western USA cannot be distinguished without examining male genitalia.
Internet References
pinned and live adult images and other info (James Fetzner Jr. and Chen Young, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pennsylvania)
presence in North Carolina; list 16 pinned specimens in collection, including locally collected specimens (North Carolina State U.)
citation; PDF doc giving abundance, habitat, seasonality in Ohio (Benjamin Foote, Cornell U., New York)