This page contains pictures and information about Leptotarsus Crane Flies
that we found
in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Leptotarsus is a large genus in Australia Crane Fly Family. They
can be recognized by the short rostrum (same as head length) with simple
antenna, legs are long and slender. Abdomen is usually shorter than wings.
- Yellow Fat Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Pseudoleptotarsus) liponeura, body length 15mm
- This Crane Fly is quite large, yellow body with black patterns. Its wings
are tinted in dark colour with yellow spots. Its legs are black and very long,
relatively strong compare with other crane flies. Please click on here
for more information.
- Orange Fat Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Leptotarsus) ducalis bancrofti, body length 20mm
- This Crane Fly can be easily recognized by the orange prescutum with three
black confluent stripes and the dark brown wings with three separated orange
spots. Please visit this page for
more pictures and information.
- Common Brown Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Macromastix) costalis, body length 15mm
- This Crane Fly is fulvous brown in colour. On thorax there are the very
light-brownish stripes. Rostrum is as long as head. Legs are long and slender.
The abdomen is relatively small. For more information please check this page.
- Common Yellow Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Macromastix) tortilis, body length 15mm
- The Orange Crane Fly is bright orange in colour with black stripe along the
abdomen. We usually found them in group resting on leaves or grasses. They are
common in Brisbane bushes. Please check this page
for more pictures and information.
- Dull-yellow Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Macromastix) hackeri, body length 15mm
- This Crane Fly is yellowish in colour. Wings are brownish-yellow tint with
costal margin and stigma darker. Abdomen is yellow with segments 7 and 8 dark
brown, other segments including segment 9 is pale yellow. There is no
dorsomedian stripe on abdomen. Thorax is dull yellow without any stripes. Legs
are dull yellow to brown towards the tips. Haltere is pale brown. Please check
this page for more infromation.
- Long-black-nosed Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Phymatopsis) nigrirostris, body length 20mm
- This Crane Fly can be recognized by the long dark brown rostrum, almost
black. The wings are without pattern and with costal cell in dark brown
colour. The abdomen is black except first segment and the basal half on the
second segment are lighter in colour. Please check this page
for more pictures and information.
- Black Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Phymatopsis) flavopygalis, body length 20mm
- The Crane Fly is dark brown to black in colour. Wings are tint pale brown
with darker brown on costal margin. Antenna is short and black in colour. Legs
are long and slender in dark brown with tibiae brownish yellow. Prescutum has
four darker brown stripes. Abdomen is dark brown with segment 1 paler colour.
Please check this page for more information.
- Dotted-wing Crane Fly
- Leptotarsus (Habromastix) terraereginae, body length 15mm
- Pictures taken near Alexandra Hill during early winter. This Crane Fly has patterned wings and
very long antennae. The long antennae show this is a male Crane Fly. Please
check this page for more pictures and
- 1. Insects
of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p740.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p348.
- 3. Crane Fly Identification Keys -
Crane Flies (Diptera: Tipulidae) of Pennsylvania - Chen W. Young,
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 2009
- 4. Family TIPULIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory.
- 5. The Tipulidae (Diptera) of Australia I. A review of the genera of the subamily Tipulinae - NV Dobrotworsky, 1968, Australian Journal of Zoology 16(3) 459 - 494.
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