Thread subject: Diptera.info :: Tipula vernalis, Sussex
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 14-05-2012 22:00
No matter how hard I try, I simply am not key-compatible. This one keeps coming out as Tipula (Lunatipula)
, of which both have most in common with T. vernalis
, although neither look like images elsewhere of female T. vernalis
, or much like one another.
Basically I'm stuck. As usual.
The second individual was in a grassy verge of a path between oilseed rapefield and saltmarsh, the first was in a blackthorn hedge between oilseed rape and saltmarsh. About a hundred feet between the two, mostly because all the flies in between were too wary for me.
wingspan perhaps 20-25mm? not overlarge for a cranefly. Smaller than probable T. oleracea
Edited by Will van Niekerk on 18-05-2012 18:26
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 14-05-2012 22:01
and the tail end:
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 14-05-2012 22:02
And the more male-looking one:
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 14-05-2012 22:03
with his - also out of focus, sorry - rear end.
Posted by clovis on 16-05-2012 20:53
No problem for vernalis ;)
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 18-05-2012 18:25
Thanks! Updating title and celebrating (quietly) at managing to use a key!
Edited by Will van Niekerk on 18-05-2012 18:27