Long-palped Cranefly

Tipula fascipennis

Description

Over all length 22 - 25mm. The males can be bright to dull orange, with green eyes. The females are dull orange to light brown, with green eyes. Both sexes have a white crescent in the wings which reaches right to the forward edge, with a black stigma outside of it.

Habitat

Damp grassy areas close to hedgerows and woodland edges.

Status and distribution

Distributed throughout Britain, though commoner in the southern half. Common on the reserve.

Best time to see

May to July.