Short-palped Crane Fly
S1, Mating
Ellura
Long-palped Crane Fly
Female, back
 
                      
Short-palped Crane Fly (Dolichopeza sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Large Crane Fly (Tipulomorpha: Tipulidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Short-palped Crane Fly (Dolichopeza sp)
This Photo:     🔍S4, Female, ventral🔎

Thank you Tony Daley for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~11mm long, ~24mm wingspan. Legs ~30mm long. Natural leg span ~47mm
The genders are easy to separate. Females have pointy rear end (difficult to see) and short antannae (easy to seey) compared with the males. Males have long antennae, approaching that of the fore-thigh, and claspers on the rear end.
14 specimens photographed in April, May & June.

Copyright © 2017-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Apr-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.