Nephrotoma quadrifaria


Another striking species of brightly coloured, black and yellow cranefly. Distinguished from the other 'Tiger Craneflies' by the dark stigma and wing clouds around the veins.

Identification difficulty

They are most often found in shady areas, usually in woodland. Adults are usually seen in shady parts of the garden, such as in shrubberies or under trees and often when they are mating.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

The larvae live in soil, feeding on plant roots but do not do much harm.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. The species has increased in numbers in VC55 since the 1980s.

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

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