Short-palped Crane Fly
Whole
Ellura
Short-palped Crane Fly
Head
 
    
Short-palped Crane Fly (Symplecta pilipes)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Small Crane Fly (Limoniidae)
Species: Short-palped Crane Fly (Symplecta pilipes)
This Photo:     Body

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
The big visual difference between Crane flies & Scorpion flies is that Scorpion flies (Order Mecoptera) have 4 wings and are not true flies.
Crane flies are true flies which all have 2 wings and 2 clubs (halteres). Due to their slender bodies the Crane fly halteres are much easier to see than with many other fly species.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species