Ctenophora pectinicornis


    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    This species is usually confined to old deciduous woodland, orchards, and other habitats where dying and fallen trees are found.

    When to see it

    Late spring to autumn.

    Life History

    The larvae dependant on dead or decaying wood.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England and Wales, but rather localised due to its specific habitat requirements.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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