Sharp-tipped Tiger

Nephrotoma cornicina


Over all length 11 - 13mm. A 'Tiger' Cranefly. The head and thorax are mainly pale yellow with black markings. The sides of the thorax are pale yellow and almost unmarked. The abdomen is light brown with a broad, darker, dusky brown line along its dorsal surface. The tip of the abdomen has a darker segment.


Found in damp areas often resting low in bushes or trees.

Status and distribution

This is a local species that is mainly restricted to the southern half of Britain. Not particularly common but turns up regularly on the reserve.

Best time to see

July to September.