Tipula is a very large insect genus in the fly family Tipulidae. They
are commonly known as crane flies or daddy longlegs. Worldwide there
are well over a thousand species.
All species have very long, fragile legs. The male has a swollen tip
to his abdomen, and the female has a pointed ovipositor which is used
to push eggs into soil. The larvae of some species are root-feeding
and may be called "leatherjackets".
Technical description: Discal cell present ; M3 arises from
M4 ; all tibiae spurred Antennae with whorls of long hairs. Rs
usually long ; Sc ends far from base of Rs ; cell 4 always
petiolate ; body colour usually grey, brown or dull yellow,
rarely black ; praescutal stripes (when present) usually dull,
rarely slightly shining
See list of
Catalogue of the Craneflies of the World
Fauna Europaea: 127969