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May 23, 2013 7:46 PM

What's this insect?

Can anyone identify this creature please? Body approx 1cm long, legs 3 cm long. Thorax a chequeboard pattern of black and irridescent gold/green.DSCF9032.JPG

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    May 24, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to Dorset girl)
    Re: What's this insect?

    This is one of the "tiger craneflies" (Nephrotoma species), so called because they are black and yellow.  Very similar body shape to a Chironomid.  They tend to be a little bit smaller than the commoner daddy-long legs (Tipula species).  Can't tell which species this is from the photo but in Britain we have about half a dozen Nephrotomas that are fairly common. It is harmless, though the females have a narrow ovipositor that some people might confuse for sting (but flies don't sting - we're perfectly safe!).

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