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Leptotarsus Crane Fly - Family Tipulidae, Genus Leptotarsus

Order Diptera 

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 information.
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 - The 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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