Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to
Tipulidae, daddy-long-legs, crane fly, adultTipulid larva, daddy long legs, crane fly


Tipulidae, crane fly, daddy long legs, leatherjacket.

The larvae (leatherjackets) are found in the soil, rotting wood, bogs, other moist habitats, and some are aquatic. The adults are found in most habitats and are strongly attracted to light.

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common gnat larva

Culex pipens, common gnat

Larvae are aquatic and found in even the smallest pond or bucket of water. Adults fly and are found in most habitats.

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Calliphora vomitoria, common bluebottle

Calliphoridae larva, blowfly larvaBlow fly pupa

Calliphora vomitoria, common bluebottle

Found everywhere throughout the year.

Adults 10 - 12 mm long

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Musca domestica, common house fly larva

Musca domestica, common house fly

Larvae found in manure or rotting refuse, adult found everywhere throughout the year.

Fully grown larva 10 - 12 mm long, adult 3 - 12 mm long.

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Mesembrina meridiana

Mesembrina meridiana head

Mesembrina meridiana

Common on walls and umberlliferous flowers from Early spring to late autumn.

Adult 10 - 12 mm long.

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Chironomous larva, midge larva

Chironomous sp.

Larvae are found in mud and decaying vegetation in still waters.

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Mycetophilidae, fungus midge, adult

Mycetophilidae, fungus gnats, fungus midges

Larvae found in and on fungi and decaying vegetation, adults near fungi.

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Cecidomyiidae, adult gall midge

Cecidomyiidae, gall midge

Larvae found inside galls on vegetation especially leaves on trees, adults found nearby.

Adults usually have a body length less than 5 mm.

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Stonehaven, Scotland