I initially found this large cranefly on top of blanketweed in my garden pond. They can grow up to a length of 2cm (3/4 inch), and have a distinguishing pale line which runs down the back of the abdomen. This is a female with the pointed abdomen, which is actually her ovipositor for laying eggs.... Continue Reading →
This morning I spotted this cranefly on my living room windowpane as I was eating breakfast. Grey skies and rain outside, perhaps it was wishing it was indoors. Photograph of Tipula confusa, taken October 2016, on living room window, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Tipula paludosa We will see a lot more of these large flies as autumn fast approaches. I found this one resting on my patio door early this morning, catching the warm dawn sunshine. Collectively, craneflies are called Daddy Long-legs or Flying Daddy Long-legs, and although some of them appear to have a stinger, which is... Continue Reading →