range crane fly

noun

Definition of range crane fly

: a grayish brown crane fly (Tipula simplex) with a wingless female and a pale brown burrowing larva that emerges from the ground at night or on dull days to feed on green vegetation and is sometimes very destructive to grasslands grain crops in the southwestern U.S.

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“Range crane fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/range%20crane%20fly. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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