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#1 2012-03-18 21:15:13

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 877

cranefly with colourful markings

I spotted this cranefly on a rock in a stream, and got 2 photo just before it fly off into a marshy bit.
I see the haltere is pale yellow, and the femurs look to be mainly orange, the wing bases are orange too.  The abdomen has in interesting expanding profile, with some sort of orange features at the end.  Can't make this out. 

No doubt not possible to use a key on it, but I thought it just might be interesting to see if an ID is possible.  It makes a change from the usual dull sorts of cranefly, anyway.

Nigel


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#2 2012-03-18 21:30:55

JohnShowers
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Name: John Showers
From: Northants
Registered: 2008-02-28
Posts: 64
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Re: cranefly with colourful markings

It looks like a male Ptychoptera contaminata to me. See
http://www.diptera.info/photogallery.php?photo_id=7381

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#3 2012-03-18 23:00:49

johnkramer
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Name: John Kramer
From: Oadby, Leicester
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 226

Re: cranefly with colourful markings

It has a white hind tarsal joint so it is Ptychoptera albimana.  John K

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#4 2012-03-19 11:00:26

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 877

Re: cranefly with colourful markings

Thanks very much John.  I didn't really expect a full ID just like that.  I am suddently so busy (Spring has sprung all at once) with other sorts of other types of ID that I feel I'm drowning.

Regards
Nigel

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