Speckled Short-palped Crane Fly
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Small Crane Fly (Tipulomorpha: Limoniidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Speckled Short-palped Crane Fly (Conosia irrorata)|
|This Photo:||🔍Female, dorsal🔎|
|Other name:||Spider Cranefly|
Thank you Tony Daley for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~18mm long (head+body), ~60mm including legs which are ~15mm long each.
The thin posterior indicates a female; an ovi-positor. There are other images that show a wider posterior that are male clasps.
A native but also found overseas.
They usually stand with their 4 front upper legs together, which then slay out. This makes their bodies look a lot bigger.
We found 2 females in March & April.