Tipula maxima


This is the largest of the British craneflies. It has a leg span of 100 mm, and it has quite distinctive, heavily patterned wings.

Identification difficulty

Moist areas and often in well wooded places.

When to see it

April to August

Life History

As with several other craneflies, dragonflies, midges and mosquitos, its development cycle includes an aquatic phase. The female lays her eggs in the damp mossy fringes of ponds, ditches and streams. On hatching, the larvae take to an aquatic existence just below the water surface before continuing their development in submerged leaf litter.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map