Tipula vernalis


A large cranefly with a distinctive wing pattern. It has a dark stripe along its back and a dark triangle on the thorax and striking green eyes.

Identification difficulty

Mainly in moist well-wooded places, wet woodland and marshy areas.

When to see it

April to June

Life History

The larvae feed on plant roots and the adult flies feed on nectar.

UK Status

Common and widely distributed in Britain.

VC55 Status

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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