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Compendium Spot ID Tutorials Labs Glossary NC Pests

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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Tipulidae

Crane Flies


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With over 1,450 species, crane flies compose the largest family in the Diptera order.  They have long, fragile legs, noticeably long halteres, and a V-shaped suture that intersects the dorsal side of the thorax.  They are unique to the order with two anal veins that reach out to the wing margin and a radius that has less than five branches.  These insects are abundant in damp areas or where there is lush vegetation.  Specialized feeding patterns exist within the sub families, such as a long slender proboscis that is used to feed on nectar.