Crane Flies and Mosquitoes

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Genus Leptotarsus   
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Tiger Crane Fly - Nephrotoma australasiae

Family Tipulidae

This page contains pictures and information about Tiger Crane Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 15mm 

This large Crane Fly is common in Brisbane bushlands. They have yellow body with black bands on abdomen, slender body and very long legs. Notice the 'V' shape pattern on its thorax.

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The Tiger Crane Fly male is slightly smaller than the female. They can easily be found in the semi-forest near creek. The fly is usually found resting on leaf in shaded area.
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On wings vein M3+4 lacking, M4 leaving directly from distal end of vein M. 
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1. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland - Queensland Museum Publications 2000, p103.
2. 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. 
3. The Tipulidae (Diptera) of Australia XI, The Genera Holorusia Loew, Tipula Linnaeus, Nephrotoma Meigen, Megistocera Wiedemann and Brachypremna Osten-Sacken* - 1974 N. V. Dobrotworsky, Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 22(25) 63 - 75.

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Last updated: March 26, 2013.