One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender two-winged fly with very long legs. The larva of some kinds is the leatherjacket.
Family Tipulidae: many genera and species, in particular the large and common Tipula maximaAlso called daddy-long-legs in Britain
- ‘Except for observations of a long-legged crane fly, insect visitation has not been further observed.’
- ‘Various crane flies, spiders, springtails and other species have life cycles of 3 to 5 years.’
- ‘Of particular interest is an intronless white sequence in a crane fly.’
- ‘Geoff is four years into a study of the insects whose less colloquial title is crane fly.’
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