Orange Striped Crane Fly
Female: Wing Venation
Short-palped Crane Fly
S6, Male: dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Small Crane Fly (Tipulomorpha: Limoniidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Short-palped Crane Fly (Symplecta pilipes)|
|This Photo:||🔍S3, Female: dorsal🔎|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The female was ~9mm long. We haven't measured a male yet.
Note the female has, what looks like, an ovi-positor. The males have claps to hold the female when mating. These can often be seen through the wings.
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.
We have photographed 6 specimens (1 Female, 4 Males) in Apr, May, Jun, Sep & Oct.