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Spotted Crane-fly

Observed: 16th July 2010 By: Colin007Colin007’s reputation in InvertebratesColin007’s reputation in InvertebratesColin007’s reputation in InvertebratesColin007’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Female. Hardly any stigma on wing. Head about half yellow, half black, abdomen markings not so easy in these pics but I'd go for Nephrotoma appendiculata

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Dear Martin Thanks for the

Dear Martin

Thanks for the ID. I thought that flavescens had a dark stigma on the wing?

Colin

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pale stigma

N. flavescens is one of four species of Nephrotoma that don't have a dark stigma.

Alan Stubbs's draft keys to craneflies can be downloaded from the Dipterists Forum website at:
http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t464-Draft-keys-Craneflies.html

Nephrotoma is included in the key called "Long Palped (not Tipula)".

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cranefly key

Thanks for that - excellent resource. It just goes to show how much wrong / misinformation you can find on the web. The site I looked at was very convincing on dark stigma for flavescens - which was why I dismissed it as an ID early on!

Colin