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Limoniid Crane Flies

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****Limoniidae

This common name refers to only one family.

True Fly Family Limoniidae

These are pretty much always called Limoniid 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.
Hexatoma True Fly LarvaHexatoma  True Fly Larva View 6 PicturesI'm not sure if this cranefly larva is in the genus Hexatoma or Limnophila, but the habitat suggests Hexatoma. Its coloring is iridescent, and I've never heard of that before. However, there is an insect virus genus Iridovirus which can infect craneflies and causes iridescence. It has not been reported in this region as far as I can tell, but perhaps it is the culprit. It makes for beautiful pictures.
Collected April 19, 2006 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on April 21, 2006
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