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#1 2017-08-29 19:46:15

jimmymac2
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Name: James McCulloch
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Cranefly with blue sheen to the wings

Photographed this cranefly yesterday at Hedgecourt Nature Reserve in Surrey, thought it would be easy for me to identify it due to the very obvious (in my photos at least) blue sheen to the wings. However, it may be that the sheen doesn't show up in most photographs.

Any ID help as always much appreciated.
James


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#2 2017-08-29 21:43:31

Geoff F
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Re: Cranefly with blue sheen to the wings

I can't understand the bluish tint but going by that small dark spot in the middle of the wings I would suggest Tipula (Acutipula) fulvipennis.

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#3 2017-08-29 22:47:30

jimmymac2
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Name: James McCulloch
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Re: Cranefly with blue sheen to the wings

Thanks Geoff, never seen a bluish tint on a cranefly like this before, more obvious in the photo but I could still see it in real life.

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#4 2017-08-30 20:28:38

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Name: John Kramer
From: Oadby, Leicester
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Re: Cranefly with blue sheen to the wings

Yes, I'll go with Geoff on this one.  The wing menbrane of the male T. fulvipennis has a blue-grey colouration (the female wing has a brown colour) and it is this, transmitted through the wing, which is causing the colour.
John K

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