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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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05 August, 2010

Spotted Crane-fly (Nephrotoma appendiculata)

There are a number of species of crane flies and they can often be hard to tell apart, there are two species of Spotted Crane-fly and you need to examine a specimen under a magnifying glass to be certain which species you have found. Killing samples for examination is not might scene!

If this is not N. appendiculata then it will be N. quadrifaria! Which ever it is, it is a Spotted Crane-fly ...

Summer flying, it is the most likely crane-fly to be seen at the moment and is common in cultivated areas and the larvae can be something of a garden pest.