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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map