Wasp mimic

Observed by DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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on 5th May 2007
0002 Ctenophora flaveolata D
0002 Ctenophora flaveolata D 2
0002 Ctenophora flaveolata D 3

A wasp mimic fly. ID suggested by people far more learned than I but as I don't have books for this group I've left it as less than certain.

Location: Noar Hill
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Other observations of Ctenophora flaveolata

Comments

Ctenophora

It may not look like it at first glance, but it's a cranefly.

rare

This is listed as a Red Data Book species, and it is certainly not one that is seen very often, although it does seem to be recorded a bit more frequently in recent years. Its larvae develop in the decaying wood of large trees. I've never seen it myself, although quite a few people have sent me photos of it over the years, and I get increasingly jealous each time ... !

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Open University - Biodiversity Observatory

Ctenophora flaveolata

Listed as 'Vulnerable' - it requires ancient woodland and probably requires large dead wood. With forestry/woodland management practice (finally) moving away from the recently-acquired tendency for tidying, and back to leaving more dead wood in situ, I wonder if this is already starting to have a beneficial effect?

Fortunately two of its known sites are in parts of the New Forest I get to reasonably often, so have seen a few, though still not often,

Dave

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