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Crane Fly 1

Observed: 7th August 2012 By: Stephen PlummerStephen Plummer’s reputation in InvertebratesStephen Plummer’s reputation in Invertebrates
Crane Fly 1
Crane Fly 2
Crane Fly 3

Any chance of identifying this Crane Fly in my moth trap this morning? What should I be looking for?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a cranefly (Tipula paludosa) interacts


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ID comment

Some key points in IDing are number of segments in the antennae, are the wings longer or shorter than the abdomen and wing patterns. There are more but I can't remember them off hand.

I should just add that some of the antennae segments are small and can be almost indistinguishable, particularly at the tip and base (13 or 14 can make all the difference)

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Thanks for your help, Chris

Thanks for your help, Chris

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Thanks, Martin. I've made a

Thanks, Martin. I've made a note of your comments - it's a start in building up my knowledge of these fascinating creatures!

Martin Harvey's picture

cranefly keys

Draft keys to the various cranefly families are available from the Dipterists Forum, at:

Taking on the whole family at once can be a bit daunting, but most of the larger craneflies are in family Tipulidae, and indeed most of the more frequently seen ones are in genus Tipula. So from the keys linked above the best ones to download first are:
- Tipulidae [which will take you to the correct genus]
- Tipula + Subgenera [which covers most of the common, 'typical' craneflies]
- Long Palped (not Tipula) [which includes some of the other larger species, such as the black-and-yellow 'tiger craneflies' in genus Nephrotoma]

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