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The cranefly family of insects is another I have often overlooked as I mostly see the same species in my local areas. But, with some more thorough investigation of different habitats, I think I should be able to expand my list.

211208 cranefly

I thought craneflies would long since have disappeared so this little beauty, possibly Tipula oleracea, was a surprise find during last Saturday’s (4 December) walk. But, as a spokesperson for the Cranefly Recording Scheme kindly explained: ‘Potentially you can see Craneflies during any month of the year. Last Christmas I was doing the washing up and one flew by the window. Climate change has extended and altered the seasons for these flies.’ So, do please let me know if you too have a cranefly Christmas!