Tiger Cranefly - Nephrotoma flavescens

Description

Length about 18 mm. This cranefly has a yellow and black thorax and yellow abdomen with a thin and normally broken black stripe down the centre. It also has a black 'ace of spades' mark on the back of its head.

Similar Species

Nephrotoma appendiculata has a broader and usually continuous black stripe along the top of the abdomen. N. appendiculata also has a dark horse-shoe mark on the side of the thorax, between the wing base and the haltere, which is missing in N. flavescens.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Hedgerows, verges and grassy places.

When to see it

April to August.

Life History

Adults take nectar and pollen from flowers such as Hogweed. Their larvae are virtually indistinguishable from small Tipula leather-jacket grubs.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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