Trichocera annulata


The clear winged, long-legged adult winter crane flies do not feed, but gather in sometimes-large aggregations to mate before seeking suitable moist or wet sites to lay their eggs.

Similar Species

Several other Trichoceridae species.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good photographs are required showing the key features.


Damp grassy places and wooded areas.

When to see it

From September to March, with peak time in October and November.

Life History

Larvae feed on grass roots and can damage turf, and possibly also on rotting organic matter.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain with fewer records further north.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map