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Cranefly

Observed: 4th September 2011 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in InvertebratesMartincito’s reputation in InvertebratesMartincito’s reputation in InvertebratesMartincito’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Tipula

This is a female, with its pointed ovipositor, and for females of this group its worth checking if the wings, when folded back along the body, are shorter or longer than the abdomen. If shorter then you have Tipula paludosa, if longer you have either Tipula oleracea or the less common Tipula subcunctans (which is usually found in October or November). Males are trickier.

In these photos the wings are held out sideways and I can't quite judge how far back along the abdomen they would go, so this one will have to remain a mystery!

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Entomologist and biological recorder