See Tipulidae for details about craneflies. This family is not known to differ from them in any ways important to anglers except appearance.
» Family Limoniidae (Limoniid Crane Flies)
(Chionea, Cladura, Dactyolabis, Elephantomyia, Epiphragma, Erioptera, Gnophomyia, Gonomyia, Limonia, Pilaria, Pseudolimnophila, Toxorhina)
Pictures of 5 True Fly Specimens in the Family Limoniidae:
Hexatoma True Fly Larva
View 6 PicturesI'm not sure if this cranefly larva is in the genus Hexatoma or Limnophila, but the habitat suggests Hexatoma. Its coloring is iridescent, and I've never heard of that before. However, there is an insect virus genus Iridovirus which can infect craneflies and causes iridescence. It has not been reported in this region as far as I can tell, but perhaps it is the culprit. It makes for beautiful pictures.
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