Crane flies (Tipulidae) are commonly known as daddy-long legs. The are brown, black or grey in colour, often with yellow orange or pale brown markings. Their body is long and slender. The wings are long and often have dark markings and spots. The head carries long antennae.
A major characteristic of the cranefly is its long legs, these become shed very easily if they are trapped or handled. Adults are often found near water, grass or rank vegetation.