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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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31 December, 2012

Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus)

This is one of the range of flies known as snipe-flies but I cannot find the origins of why they are called this. They tend to rest head downwards so may be it something related to that?

This particular species is one of twelve in the genera and is called the Black Snipe-fly because many of this group are quite brightly coloured whereas this one is not! A fairly common species in damp, shady woodland found from May through until August. Its larvae live in rotting wood and leaf litter where they are predators of other small insects and invertebrates.

They do like to sunbathe as adults and this one was by the river at Kingcombe where it runs through the woodland, text book habitat!
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