A large, shiny black cranefly with yellow markings. Males have comb-like antennae. There are several other possible confusion species, so identification can be slightly troublesome so, if in doubt, expert help should be sought.
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This species is usually confined to old deciduous woodland, orchards, and other habitats where dying and fallen trees are found.
Late spring to autumn.
The larvae dependant on dead or decaying wood.
Widespread in England and Wales, but rather localised due to its specific habitat requirements.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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