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Female Crane Fly, Possibly the same species as the male that I posted a few days ago - Bay Area, California. - Tipula - female

Female Crane Fly, Possibly the same species as the male that I posted a few days ago - Bay Area, California. - Tipula - Female
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
July 28, 2007
Large, even for a crane fly. Thick body, dark colored around the joints of the legs. It should be mentioned that this beautiful metallic sheen is not apparent when viewed in real life. I'm not sure what to make of this. It seemed to me, to look somewhat dull salmon or orange color that was not completely opaque giving it a pretty drab colored waxy appearance. Perhaps the camera flash is transmitted in the translucent area making it look more solid - Just a guess.


Here is the male crane fly seen in the same area (same species?) a few days earlier:



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Female Crane Fly, Possibly the same species as the male that I posted a few days ago - Bay Area, California. - Tipula - female Female Crane Fly, Possibly the same species as the male that I posted a few days ago - Bay Area, California. - Tipula

This female crane fly
does look like the male you posted earlier. It is difficult to put name on them since many of the characters that are needed to determine them are not visible on the images. As you indicated that some time the flash also alters the coloration of the flies. From what I can see from the images, both male and female have darkened wing pattern with longitudinally stripes along the veins, one of the characters for species in the Tipula (Yamatotipula) group . I am afraid this would be the level of identification I could provide based solely on the images. - Chen

 
I just posted a series of picts of a female
...of this same species. These have much more detail. So much so that I was uncertain how to resize them and retain the detail. I'm glad you reminded me, because I think it is one of my better insect series!

See:

 
Your help is much appreciated!
It appears that the wings are of special importance in identifying them, so I will try find a better picture of the wing, or failing that, I focus on the wing better next time around.