Common Name:  Crane Flies

Description:  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.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Long slender legs
  2. Conspicuous halteres
  3. “V”-shaped suture transects dorsal side of thorax

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Order:  Diptera