When I was a kid I always knew these insects as Daddy long legs and thought they were a bit creepy the way they fluttered wildly around. Now I know them as Craneflies and think they’re really cool. Incredibly, there are around 300 species of Cranefly in Britain – yet another insect species to try to learn – sometimes my brain hurts! Luckily, there is a Cranefly Recording Scheme (CRS) and they’re on Twitter so I’ve been able to get expert and very friendly help with my IDs for these recent sightings, and a little bit of information about each as well.
For this one, CRS said: ‘That will be Nephrotoma appendiculata at this time of the year. A side on photo would definitely confirm it but given it is still April I’m happy with this species, one of rough grassland, verges etc.’ And very soon there will be many more of them!
And this one is ‘Tipula oleracea, the other common Tipula (Tipula) species. [I had wrongly thought it might be Tipula paludosa.] Typically a May species in dampish grassland. Larvae feed on grass roots.’
So, if you’re fascinated by Craneflies, why not give the Cranefly Recording Scheme a follow on Twitter?