Craneflies are part of the insect order Diptera but are given their own section on NatureSpot along with the Hoverflies. Craneflies are often large, familar insects - sometimes known as 'daddy longlegs'.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

The Craneflies of Leicestershire and Rutland - John Kramer

Other Useful Websites and Publications


Cranefly Recording Scheme cribs sheets and keys - a forum with some photos but best used to get identification help. Just upload an image and be surprised how quickly you get a response.

Fly anatomy  - a fascinating and interactive guide to the technical bits that make up a fly! If you're serious about identifying flies it is necessary to understand the terms used.


Shropshire Craneflies - an excellent book (most of the Craneflies found in Shropshire are also found in Leicestershire and Rutland)

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know:

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.