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Ctenophora cranefly

Observed: 31st May 2009 By: Rob ColemanInvertebrates expert

I think this is a Ctenophora cranefly, but I don't know which one. It looks rare! Seen ovipositing on a dead beech.

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Hi Rob, This is a female

Hi Rob,

This is a female Ctenophora pectinicornis, a Nationally
Scarce species with larvae developing in dead wood. By coincidence I was sent a photo of another one just yesterday from Buckinghamshire, must be the time for them to emerge. Ctenophora species are among my favourite insects!


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Thanks for the ID

Fantastic looking insect, it seems to mimic one of the larger ichneumon wasps (although I'm not sure what selective advantage mimicing a parasite would confer - I think these ichneumons are sting-less).


Rob Coleman