On several of my recent and frequent visits to Nangara Reserve at Jindivick, I have disturbed clouds of Crane Flies in the moist understory. Mostly I’ve been chasing some other poor subject for my camera and when I have had a half-hearted go at snapping a Crane Fly it would never sit still long enough.
I managed to track one down the other day and got a couple of acceptable images – while it was stuck in a super-fine spider web!
Some Crane Fly facts …
- The family Tipulidae is the largest family in the Diptera group - thousands of species.
- The larvae may thrive in a wide variety of habitats, water, wet soil, moss beds, dead logs, even dry earth.
- Crane Flies are closely related to mosquitoes but do not drink blood.
- Their adult stage may only last a few days during which they do not eat.
- One common name is the very obvious Daddy-long-legs.
- In the larval form they feed on detritus and break down organic matter – they are decomposers.
- In larval and adult form they are an important food item for many other species – birds, frogs, fish, spiders, etc and other insects.
- Fisherman like to use larval and adult Crane Flies for bait and lures.
- As larvae, some Crane Flies can be a pest in turf grass and crop situations.
|The long legs are principally for clinging to vegetation rather than for walking.|