Nephrotoma appendiculata

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 11 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Nephrotoma appendiculata (NL: Tijgerlangpootmug sp. / EN: Spotted crane fly sp.) is a species of crane fly. This species has a wingspan of about 50 mm and a body length of 13–15 mm. The body is yellow with short black stripes on the thorax and a black line on each section of the abdomen. The wings have a thin yellow line near the leading edge. This species can be seen from April to September at woodland edges, in gardens, fields and on farmland. The larvae, known as "leatherjackets" feed on the roots of grasses, while the adults feed on umbellifers such as cow parsley.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 22/04/2011

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jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

great details!

11 Jun 2011 5:53pm

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

perfect focus !!

12 Jun 2011 6:20pm

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wow! what a catch!

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magnifique photo avec beaucoup de détails sur les bestioles .... compliments

18 Jun 2011 9:19pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm