Stuart1960's picture

Unknown insect

Observed: 19th September 2010 By: Stuart1960
Unknown insect
Description:

body length about one inch

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a cranefly (Tipula paludosa) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

wing length

Hi jpikesley - are you saying that the wings are shorter than the abdomen for all females in the genus? My understanding is that, for the females, only Tipula paludosa has the wings shorter than the abdomen, whereas T. oleracea and T. subcunctans have wings longer than the abdomen.

Regardless of wing length, this is a female due to it having an ovipositor! I'm not 100% certain from the photo that the wings really are shorter than the abdomen, but if they are then I think it is T. paludosa.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

jpikesley's picture

Hello Martin - no, not all

Hello Martin - no, not all females in this genus have shorter wings than abdomen - my mistake. In that case, i would agree that it is T. paludosa. However, the number of segments in the atenna should also be counted to rule out other possibilities.

And yes, i agree that this is a female due to the presence of the ovipositor

jp