Crane Flies Mating

Identification help
Location: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas NV
January 30, 2012 1:27 pm
Here are ’tipulids’ mating. I think the view of the wing venation is good enough to put it in the Phantom Crane Fly family (Ptychopteridae) as opposed to the Crane Fly family (Tipulidae). Whaddaya think?
Sorry, only one image.
Signature: Bruce Lund

Mating Crane Flies

Dear Bruce,
We are by no means experts on Crane Flies, but it is our opinion that these are not Phantom Crane Flies.  We will check with Chen Young, an expert in Crane Flies, to see if he can provide a species identification.

detail Mating Crane Flies

Daniel – Thanks for the update AND for forwarding my query onwards.  I
look forward to learning more.

Chen Young identifies Crane Fly genus
Hi Daniel,
The most I can tell from the images is they are crane fly species in the genus Limnophila.


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