crane fly

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crane fly, true fly resembling a mosquito, often called daddy longlegs because of its six long, delicate legs. (The harvestman, also called daddy longlegs, belongs to an unrelated order.) Most species of crane flies have a single pair of wings and slender bodies. They feed upon plant substances and frequent damp places in pastures and meadows. Crane flies belong to the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Diptera, family Tipulidae.

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crane fly True fly of the order Diptera. It has a slender body, long fragile legs, and one pair of wings. The hindwings are reduced to special balancing organs called halteres. The larvae, leatherjackets, live in the soil where they feed on plant roots and stems, frequently becoming serious agricultural pests. Family Tipulidae; species Tipula simplex. Length: to 3cm (1.2in). The name is also given to the harvestman.

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crane fly • n. a slender, two-winged fly (family Tipulidae) with very long legs, in particular the large and common Tipula maxima.