The Wildlife of
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Flies - The Snipe Fly

First seen on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at Cragside

Snipe Flies are not very pleasant, both adults and larvae are carnivorous, some predate other insects, some suck blood through piercing mouth parts. This one is Chrysopilus cristatus - iIdentified by its long stilt-like legs and dark spots on the wings. They are found in damp shady places, near woodland or ponds.