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Phantom Crane Flies

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****Ptychopteridae

This common name refers to only one family.

True Fly Family Ptychopteridae

These are pretty much always called Phantom Crane Flies.
See Tipulidae for details about craneflies. This family is not known to differ from them in any ways important to anglers except appearance.

This family has evolved a really unusual feature for an insect: its legs also serve the function of wings. The tibiae (
The tibia of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
The tibia of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
Tibia: A middle segments in the leg of an insect, located between the femur and the tarsus.
)
are greatly enlarged and help catch the wind. The legs usually have white tips, making them very easily identifiable in flight. There is a ghostly look to a dark, sparse insect flying around the stream, usually alone, with the fixed bright white points of its leg tips surrounding it like a halo.
Ptychopteridae (Phantom Crane Flies) Phantom Crane Fly LarvaPtychopteridae (Phantom Crane Flies) True Fly Larva View 3 Pictures
Collected February 7, 2004 from in
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