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.  

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

    Recording Schemes

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