Ctenophora pectinicornis (Linnaeus, 1758)
We first found this large and spectacularly marked Crane Fly on a fresh log pile at Sherwood Forest CP in mid-June 2010. Other records have followed, with females at Warsop Wood and Clipstone Old Quarter in May 2011. The NBN Gateway lists just one historical Sherwood Forest NNR record, dating to 1907. The female is illustrated below. There are several other possible confusion species, so identification can be slightly troublesome.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ctenophora pectinicornis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Phil Stain. Nicholas Jones. Sheila Wright. Ken Lomas. Nicholas Jones. Phil Stain.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2020

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Ctenophora and Tanyptera Craneflies of the Sherwood Forest NNR
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