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Crane Fly

A rather spectacular crane fly, a female Ctenophora flaveolata (Diptera: Tipulidae). According to Alan E. Stubbs (Provisional Atlas of the long-palped craneflies (Diptera: Tipulinae) of Britain and Ireland, 1992), this is a relatively rare species, it is probably associated with dead wood, and is normally on the wing in May.

Photo taken in Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2011-04-17.

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