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Tipulidae Level 1 Level 2



Key Characters

Most diverse and primitve family, a.k.a. "crane flies." Generally sub-cylindrical, tapered toward the head, posterior end with anal lobes and a spiracular disk, usually surrounded by lobes and hairs. Can be fairly large, resemble small cigars (Tipula spp.)

Tolerance varies between genera, from 1-7
Distribution CA, OR, WA, NV, AZ, Baja