Ctenophora ornata (Meigen, 1818)
Ctenophora ornata is a large and spectacularly marked Crane Fly. First recorded in Nottinghamshire at Clipstone Old Quarter on July 2nd 2009, meaning Sherwood Forest became the most northerly site in the UK for this RDB1 species. Other UK sites to provide recent records included the New Forest and Windsor Great Park. In 2013, there were reports of 'unusual' numbers of Ctenophora ornata at Windsor and following an email from John Kramer of the Tipulidae Recording Scheme to staff at the Sherwood Forest visitor centre in late July, a follow up moth trapping session produced the second record for Sherwood Forest on August 1st 2013. A third Nottinghamshire record came when a male was attracted to MV light at Budby South Forest on August 4th 2018 (Wright, S. and Osborne, J.).
This male Ctenophora ornata, was found on the trunk of one of Sherwood Forest's ancient Oaks in early July 2009. But despite us being confident of the initial identification, we waited a year before getting confirmation from John Kramer of the Tipulidae Recording Scheme.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ctenophora ornata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sheila Wright and John Osborne.

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Updated December 2018

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