Marsh Cranefly

Tipula paludosa

Description

Over all length 22 - 26mm.  Very like Tipula oloracea, but the wings of the females are shorter, not reaching the end of the abdomen, whereas in T. oleracea they do.

Habitat

Damp pastures and marshes, boggy ground.

Status and distribution

Very common in England and Wales, but slightly less so in Scotland. Very common on the reserve in the latter half of the summer and autumn. Can also be an agricultural pest.

Best time to see

April to October. Most common towards Autumn.