Tipula lateralis

    Description

    Tipula lateralis may grow to a length of some two centimetres and can be identified by the light line that runs down the back of the abdomen, which is unusual because most other British species have a dark line running down the abdomen. A second feature is the black line running over the thorax and beginning just behind the eyes. It also has some distinctive dark marked veins in the wings. This is the only commonly found species with this combination of features. T.couckei is much less common, but is very similar, so great care should be taken to eliminate the possibility of a specimen being this species.

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    Habitat

    Around water, often running water.

    When to see it

    March to October.

    Life History

    The larvae of Tipula lateralis are semi aquatic and feed on rotting plants on the bottom of the ponds or streams.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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