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Creepy-crawlie Spotted Cranefly 

Spotted CRanefly - Photo  Copyright 2008 G. Bradley

Latin name:
Nephrotoma appendiculata

Size: Wingspan approx 50mm.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to September.

Habitat: Fields, gardens, farmland and woodland edges.

Food: The larvae, called 'leatherjackets' develop in soil, feeding on roots.

Special features: Spotted craneflies have a yellow body with a black strip on each section of the abdomen, and a series of short black stripes on the thorax. The wings have a very thin yellow line near the leading edge.

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