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Species Erioptera venusta

small blotch-winged crane fly - Erioptera venusta Crane Fly from May - Erioptera venusta Limoniid Crane Fly - Erioptera venusta Fly - Erioptera venusta Little fly - Erioptera venusta Crane fly - Erioptera venusta Erioptera venusta Limoniidae ? - Erioptera venusta
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
No Taxon (subgenus Ilisia)
Species venusta (Erioptera venusta)
Explanation of Names
VENUSTA: a Latin term, meaning beautiful, lovely, attractive, etc.
body length 5-6 mm
body dark brown with yellow halteres; wings yellow with two broad brown irregular-shaped bands, the smaller inner band does not reach the costa, and the larger outer band crosses the entire wing; femora yellow with brown apical band and sometimes a fainter band about mid-length
northeastern United States and southern Ontario, south at least to North Carolina, west at least to Kansas and Michigan
common in grass-sedge marshes and along sluggish streams; less numerous in drier woodlands
adults present May to July
See Also
Erioptera graphica has wing bands broken into small spots and narrow brown seams along cords (see image)
Internet References
pinned adult images and description (Chen Young and James Fetzner, Crane Flies of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Museum of Natural History)
habitat and seasonality; PDF doc (Benjamin Foote, A Preliminary Survey of the Crane Flies of Delaware County, Ohio, 1956, courtesy Ohio State U.)
presence in Michigan; list (Ethan Bright, U. of Michigan)
presence in Kansas; list (Ken Fritz and David Stagliano, Kansas State U.)
presence in North Carolina; list 2 pinned specimens, including locally-collected specimens (North Carolina State U.)