British Insects: the Families of Diptera


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


~Limoniidae, Tipulidae.

Daddy-long-legs, Crane-flies.

Adult insects. Slender-bodied; stilt-legged. The legs not readily shed. Antennae 8–16 segmented; ‘simple’. The maxillary palps 3–5 segmented; drooping. Thorax with the dorsal suture continuous across the middle. The dorsal suture deeply V-shaped. Wings with a discal cell; without a closed anal cell. The costa not extending around the entire wing. Wings with the lower calypter much reduced or absent.

Larvae and pupae. The larvae eucephalic. The pupae without a puparium.

Classification. Suborder Nematocera; Division Tipulomorpha; Superfamily Tipuloidea.

British representation. 19 species in Britain. Genera 4; Dicranota, Pedicia, Tricyphona, Ula.

Illustrations. • Pedicia rivosa and Ula sylvatica (from Walker).

To view the illustrations with detailed captions, go to the interactive key. This also offers full and partial descriptions, diagnostic descriptions, differences and similarities between taxa, lists of taxa exhibiting or lacking specified attributes, and distributions of character states within any set of taxa.

Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Diptera. Version: 1st January 2012.’.