Species of the Month: April 2018

 

Tipula rufina

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© Howard Burt

A member of the very under recorded family of Tipulidae, Tipula rufina is one of approximately 300 British species of Craneflies. Fortunately this species is relatively easy to identify, thanks to the heavy black line on the thorax, shown in the photo above. The species has fairly plain wings with a dark stigma, show in the photo below. If you can get a good view of the side of the thorax (ideally in a photograph), this species is straightforward to identify and record. They are particularly active during spring and are often found in and around buildings.

The species can be found throughout south Wales, but is very under recorded with just 89 records in the SEWBReC database. You can view the Welsh distribution on Aderyn here.

More photos and information about Tipula rufina can be found on NatureSpot, and you can also connect with the national Cranefly Recording Scheme on Twitter.

If you spot Tipula rufina during April (or at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.

 

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© Howard Burt