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Crane Fly

Observed: 26th September 2009 By: wad25
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Crane fly with patterned wings, closed in resting position

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The wings do look quite like L. nubeculosa, but this would have three bands on the femora (a unique feature in British craneflies) and a looped mark about halfway along the wing, the mark having a point on the apical side. These features are on the photos linked to but are not seen here, so I don't think it can be L. nubeculosa. Not sure what it is though - keying it out gets to Limoniidae or Pediciidae which are separated by the latter having hairy eyes. I can't tell here if this is the case, but I don't think any Pediciidae have this sort of wing pattern, so I'll go for Limoniidae. I can't see the features needed to take it further, but it might be possible.

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Cranefly = Tipula?

Certainly plausible - using the Cranefly Recording Scheme test key, I found the split to Tipulidae vs other using palp length awkward as it looked to be in between the two, but in hindsight, they probably are too long for Limoniidae. Thorax looks right for Tipula, though I can't work all of the subgenera out without the antennal features!