Common Black-legged Mottle

Tipula varipennis


Over all length 12 - 15mm. A pale grey cranefly with darker grey markings. On the thorax there are four dark stripes and the dorsal surface of the abdomen is broadly marked dark grey. The legs are red close to the body, merging to black before the knee. The wings also show red close to the thorax and are marked with grey and white with three dark marks on the leading edge.


Found in damp, wooded areas. At the reserve is often found along the river bank and Willow walk.

Status and distribution

A common species, more frequent in the south than the north. Common on the reserve.

Best time to see

March to June.