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Scientific Name: Nephrotoma flaviscens
Common Name: Crane Fly
Nephrotoma flaviscens, a crane fly, is about 18 mm in length. It has a yellow and black thorax and yellow abdomen with a thin and normally broken black stripe down the centre. Nephrotoma appendiculata is a siilar species but has a broader and usually continuous black stripe along the top of the abdomen. N. appendiculata also has a dark horse-shoe mark on the side of the thorax, between the wing base and the haltere, which is missing in N. flavescens.
Usually found in hedgerows, verges, gardens and grassy places and is usually seen between April and August. Adults take nectar and pollen from flowers such as Hogweed. Their larvae are virtually indistinguishable from small Tipula leather-jacket grubs. Common and widespread in Britain.
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