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Visiting my brother in Swansea in his beautiful garden in the grounds of Clyne castle I spotted this insect on a children's toy. It was so big and different I was drawn to it. It looked fascinating I've never seen one before.
Daniele, I agree completely! Apparently I was asleep at the keyboard! Gemma, please ignore (and forgive) my previous comment. I do believe that this is a species of Snipe Fly. Daniele has it right!
I'm not sure the snout and tail are right for Scorpionfly. I made another suggestion :-)
This looks like a female Scorpionfly (Order Mecoptera). Family Panorpidae.Hope this helps.
Lat: 51.64, Long: -4.06
Spotted on Sep 16, 2012 Submitted on Sep 16, 2012