crane fly, true fly resembling a mosquito, often called daddy longlegs because of its six long, delicate legs. (The harvestman , also called daddy longlegs, belongs to an unrelated order.) Most species of crane flies have a single pair of wings and slender bodies. They feed upon plant substances and frequent damp places in pastures and meadows. Crane flies belong to the phylum Arthropoda , class Insecta, order Diptera, family Tipulidae.
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