Subject: What is this?
Location: Orange, nsw, Australia
February 20, 2014 4:25 am
Hi bug man, this flew into our house, i have never seen anything like it, could you please tell me what it is.
Signature: Tara

Crane Fly


Hi Tara,
We believe this is a Crane Fly in the family Tipulidae.  There are some images on the Brisbane Insect site that look similar.

Subject: “Tipulidae” from Australia
February 22, 2014 11:52 am
on Feb. Feb.20, 2014 “Tara” posted an isect from New South Wales, Australia.  You answered that this might be a crane fly / Tipulidae, but if you look at the wing venation it is evident that this insect does not belong to the Diptera at all, it’s Hymenoptera. It’ another parasitic Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae or Braconidae. You may compare the wing venation of a Tipulidae here:
Kind regards Erwin
Signature: Erwin Beyer

Thanks Erwin.  Because of an earlier comment, we have already addressed this error, and we will add your comment to the posting.

Location: Orange, New South Wales, Australia

2 Responses to Ichneumon

  1. dunecrawler says:

    This is more likely a headless Ichneumon wasp. Check the wing venation, that stigma should be a tipoff.

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