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#1 2019-06-29 20:56:13

colinleb
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Name: Colin Le Boutillier
From: Luton, Bedfordshire
Registered: 2008-03-03
Posts: 248

Cranefly for ID

Spent a couple of fruitless hours trying to key this specimen but can't get beyond Tipula sp.  Not even sure about that.  Beds.  25 June 2019.


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#2 2019-06-30 23:53:10

Geoff F
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Name: Geoff Foale
From: South Devon
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 219

Re: Cranefly for ID

Just guessing and attempting to make some sense of the markings on top of the thorax. Could this be a poorly marked Tipula (Pterelachisus) pabulina ?

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#3 2019-07-01 11:39:30

johnkramer
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Name: John Kramer
From: Oadby, Leicester
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 259

Re: Cranefly for ID

Hi Colin.  This id Tipula fascipennis.  It is in the subfam. Lunatipula and has a white 'lunule' just beyond the stigma.  The antler-like inner claspers of the male are also distinctive, so those photos were useful.  It is a common species, usually in open woodland.
John Kramer

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#4 2019-07-01 11:48:49

colinleb
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Name: Colin Le Boutillier
From: Luton, Bedfordshire
Registered: 2008-03-03
Posts: 248

Re: Cranefly for ID

Thanks very much for the ID John.  Thanks also to Geoff for his suggestion.

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