Tipula paludosa


Very similar to T. oleracea. The females are more easily identified as the wings of the female Tipula paludosa are shorter than the abdomen.

Identification difficulty

An abundant grassland species, often found in agricultural fields, parks and gardens, sometimes in considerable numbers.

When to see it

It flies between April and October but is most common in autumn

Life History

The soil dwelling larvae are the crop-damaging pests known as 'leatherjackets'.

UK Status

Common and widespread across Britain.

VC55 Status

FAirly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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