Crane Flies Tipula and Nephrotoma species

Crane Flies are also known as "Daddy Long Legs" in view of their disproportionately long legs.

Nephrotoma Cranefly Tiger The Nephrotoma species (above) are called Tiger Crane Flies because of their bold, striped markings. Female Crane Flies like that shown have pointed tails for laying eggs in the ground.
Tipula Common Cranefly The Tipula species (above) are one of the most common UK and European genera of Crane Fly. Crane Fly larvae are the hated Leatherjackets which live underground eating plant roots.
Tipula maxima Cranefly
Tipula maxima Cranefly
Tipula maxima Cranefly
The Tipula maxima is the largest Crane Fly in the UK and has distinctive, attractively-marked wings.
Common Cranefly
Common Cranefly
The Common Crane Fly, Tipula oleracea, above, as its name indicates is the most usual Crane Fly seen.
Common Cranefly
Male Crane Flies have a clubbed tail
Tipula Cranefly
Tipula Cranefly
Tipula Cranefly
Other Tipula species of Crane Fly have white streaks in their wings, dark central lines on their abdomen and yellow colouring.
Common Craneflies coupled
Common Craneflies coupled
Common Craneflies joined
Common Crane Flies coupled. She moves her pointed ovipositor out of the way.
Craneflies
Craneflies coupled
Craneflies joined
More Crane Flies coupled - the female of this species is almost wingless.
Nearly wingless female Cranefly
Almost wingless female Cranefly
Another almost wingless female
Tipula vittata Cranefly
Tipula vittata Crane Fly?