Crane Flies are also known as "Daddy Long Legs" in view of their disproportionately long legs.
The Nephrotoma species (above) are called Tiger Crane Flies because of their bold, striped markings. Female Crane Flies like that shown have pointed tails for laying eggs in the ground.
The Tipula species (above) are one of the most common UK and European genera of Crane Fly.
Crane Fly larvae are the hated Leatherjackets which live underground eating plant roots.
The Tipula maxima is the largest Crane Fly in the UK and has distinctive, attractively-marked wings.
The Common Crane Fly, Tipula oleracea, above, as its name indicates is the most usual Crane Fly seen.
Male Crane Flies have a clubbed tail
Other Tipula species of Crane Fly have white streaks in their wings, dark central lines on their abdomen and yellow colouring.
Common Crane Flies coupled. She moves her pointed ovipositor out of the way.
More Crane Flies coupled - the female of this species is almost wingless.
Another almost wingless female
Tipula vittata Crane Fly?