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Species Protoplasa fitchii

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Psychodomorpha
Family Tanyderidae (Primitive Crane Flies)
Genus Protoplasa
Species fitchii (Protoplasa fitchii)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Protoplasa fitchii Osten Sacken, 1860
Explanation of Names
Named for Dr. Asa Fitch, who gave the type specimens to Baron Osten Sacken.
about 10 mm
heavily pigmented wings have distinctive pattern
Quebec and Nova Scotia to northern Florida
larvae occur in sandy soil at margins of large streams
adults emerge in March or April in the south; May or June in the north, and live only a day or two
rare: fewer than 100 adult specimens in museum collections
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