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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