Cannot unfortunately see your picture... Interesting that you collect Tipulidae. Charles Paul Alexander is the "godfather" of Tipulidae systematics. He passed away in Dec. 1981 but, in his lifetime he named over 11,000 species (including some genera) of flies; most of them in the family Tipulidae. His research is well documented in over 1000 scientific publications. A tireless worker with a lifelong passion of Crane flies. An extraordinary man.
Yes.He was a great biologist.One of my professors in college studied under Dr. Alexander..There have been others.Dr.Beyer of the University of Kansas.He retired.Until recently no one became important again until Philadelphia Academy of Sciences has a new one who is involved in categorizing the crane-flies of Mongolia.
Here I have posted a marvelous large species of crane fly which I found some 3 years ago. It's wingspan is 60mm from tip to tip; whilst its body measures in at 33mm. I have only picked up 5 or 6 specimens over the years as they are strictly incidental captures....
I have spread all of my Tipulidae nicely like this as too often what few I have seen in collections are simply impaled and left with legs dangling down in a rather unflattering manner. These larger species are truly impressive wonders in their own right.
The Giant Crane-fly. I saw it once on the Island of Jamaica. I read on Bing that the new discoveries from China included the largest fly in the world. A giant crane-fly.a new species? I think so. Your species and mine were Species Tipula abdominalis