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European Crane Flies

Tipula oleracea? - Tipula - male Female Crane Fly, Bay Area, CA - Tipula oleracea - female Marsh Crane Fly - Tipula oleracea Crane Fly Emerging  - Tipula Crane Fly - Tipula crane fly - Tipula oleracea - male Mating Tipulids - Tipula paludosa - male - female Crane Fly species, please - Tipula paludosa - male
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 Tipulidae (Large Crane Flies)
Subfamily Tipulinae
Genus Tipula
No Taxon European Crane Flies
Identification
For our two species of "European crane flies," the diagnostic character for adults is a narrow dark-colored band along the leading edge of the wing adjacent to a light-colored band.
Remarks
Subgenus Tipula is native to the Old World, but two European species have become established at various locations in North and South America.
Print References
Peck, Daniel C. et al. 2006. Detection and establishment of the European crane flies Tipula paludosa Meigen and Tipula oleracea L. (Diptera: Tipulidae) in New York: A review of their distribution, invasion history, biology, and recognition. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 108(4):985-994.