Nephrotoma appendiculata

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Nephrotoma appendiculata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tipulidae
Genus: Nephrotoma
Species: N. appendiculata
Binomial name
Nephrotoma appendiculata
(Pierre, 1919)

Nephrotoma appendiculata, the spotted crane fly, is a species of crane fly. This species has a wingspan of about 50 mm (2.0 in),[1] and a body length of 13–15 mm (0.5–0.6 in).[2] 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.[1] This species can be seen from May to September at woodland edges, in gardens and fields, and on farmland. The larvae, known as "leatherjackets",[1] feed on the roots of grasses, while the adults feed on umbellifers such as cow parsley.[2]


  1. ^ a b c G. Bradley (2006). "Spotted Craneflies: Nephrotoma appendiculata". Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Spotted Crane Fly - Nephrotoma appendiculata". NatureSpot Leicestershire & Rutland. Retrieved July 29, 2010.