Crane Fly (Tipula paludosa)

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Very similar to T. oleracea. The females are more easily identified as the wings of the female Tipula paludosa are shorter than the abdomen.
Habitat
An abundant grassland species, often found in agricultural fields, parks and gardens, sometimes in considerable numbers.
When to see it
It flies between April and October but is most common in autumn
Life History
The soil dwelling larvae are the crop-damaging pests known as ‘leatherjackets’.
UK Status
Common and widespread across Britain….. Nature Spot

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Mating

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