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#1 2018-05-28 21:15:06

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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small cranefly with distinctive spotted wings

When doing a general inverts survey, I came across this small-medium sized cranefly in a dark place (no surprises there) in the hollow of a leaf. Therefore I have 2 not quite flat views of the wings (bad workmanship), and none of the side angles (bad luck).

I have tried to match the venation, and the best I can manage is Hoplolabis occoecata, which looks pretty close on paper. But on looking for UK species, this isn't one (or as a synonym), nor it is a global species from what I can see!

Is an ID possible under these circumstances?

Nigel G.


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#2 2018-05-28 22:07:07

Tony Irwin
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Name: Tony Irwin
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Re: small cranefly with distinctive spotted wings

Try looking for Ilisia occoecata

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#3 2018-05-28 22:56:15

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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Re: small cranefly with distinctive spotted wings

That is an excellent suggestion. It looks more or less spot on !  smile

The other one in that genus doesn't look quite right.  (I think I might have to check if there is an updated / corrected version of my venation guide, because it is misleading me more than I can cope with!)

Thanks again, Tony

Regards.

Nigel G.

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