A crane fly is an insect in the family Tipulidae. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 2–60 millimetres (0.079–2.4 in) (tropical species may exceed 100 millimetres or 3.9 inches).
In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Newfoundland they are commonly referred to as daddy long-legs, but this name can also refer to two unrelated arthropods: members of the arachnid order Opiliones (especially in the United States and Canada) and the cellar spider Pholcidae (especially in Australia). The larvae of the European Crane Fly are commonly known as Leatherjackets. These larvae can cause damage to lawns by feeding on the roots of grass plants.
Spent most of the day finishing the cat-proofing of the garden… at least I hope it is cat-proof. Big shout out to my dad who came up and helped push me over the line. Domino seemed to rather enjoy the new freedom and, after sniffing everything at least five times, settled in for some al fresco ‘Da Bird’ action and then some sitting down in the grass.
The excitement clearly got to the little bugger, as he took himself off to bed soon after the last of these photos…
The Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) is one of the most frequently seen grasshoppers in England, along side the Mottled, the Common Green and the Meadow Grasshopper. It is sometimes mistaken for a cricket although a cricket has quite long antennae and the Common Field Grasshopper has relatively short antennae.