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31*. Flightless Cranefly

Scientific name: Limonia hardyana Byers, 1985

Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Insecta. Order: Diptera. Family: Limoniidae

Origin: Native

Status: Very rare

Distribution: O`ahu

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Map: --

This fly is one of about a dozen flies in Hawai`i that do not have wings. They are very rare and live in the leaf litter of rainforests and high elevation bogs. The flightless cranefly pictured here is only found on the windswept tops of highest mountains in the Ko‘olau range on O‘ahu.

   Photo by W.P. Mull

* the trading card for this species was incorrectly printed with the number 34.