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Species Account for Tipula helvola

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Tipula helvola  Loew, 1873
Diptera: other groups: Tipulidae

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National status: Scarce
Essex RDB: Listed

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Taxonomic group: flies (other) (Diptera: other groups) - County data   
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This fly is recorded in southern England from Kent to Cornwall and as far north as Wiltshire and Essex, with several sites in North Wales (all within Merionethshire). There are seventeen known post 1960 sites but there are very few old records. The drab appearance of this species combined with the unusual choice of habitat for a cranefly has probably led to it being overlooked in the past and only the recent recording effort has allowed a more full understanding of the habitat requirements of this species.The species occurs in dry broadleaved woodland, where the larvae are thought to develop in dry soil. Threats include woodland clearance. Management should maintain habitat diversity in woodlands, retaining any marshy areas, dead wood, streams etc., to provide a range of possible breeding sites. References

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 7 records with habitat information)

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