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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