Tanyptera nigricornis


A handsome cranefly with a black and red-orange abdomen.

Identification difficulty

Well wooded areas.

When to see it

Most likely to be seen in May or June.

Life History

The larvae feed on dead wood.

UK Status

Quite rare in Britain. This species is classed as Red Data Book 3. Records are centred in the Yorkshire and Lancashire areas of the UK, but Tanyptera nigricornis does occur in some southern counties and there are records for Scotland.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are very few records.

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

UK Map