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What are these larvae?


By Peter

Hampshire, England Eng

I am unearthing a lot of these as I remove the grass from the border and am curious as to what they are.




I believe they are Crane Fly grubs known as leather jackets, they eat roots of plants and are not good news, we all have them in our gardens, when I find them I give them to my chickens and of course wild birds love them. Here is more info

8 May, 2007


Hi Norfolk, thanks for the link. Those grubs look a little more translucent, although mine were covered in mud which may have made them appear less so. Any that get eaten, get eaten but I don't have anything to feed them to and I don't want to kill them just for the sake of it. I'll hold of with the pesticides and hope they don't cause too much damage.

8 May, 2007


Hmm difficult to tell from a photo, only other I can think of is the Chaffer grub, more info here

8 May, 2007


..or vine weevil

8 May, 2007


Leatherjackets - they are baby craneflies - I normally give them to the birds on the bird table or deal with them like slugs (big boot) they eat the roots of plants especially grass

9 May, 2007


Leatherjackets - very partial to baby lettuces, loosing virtually one a day at the moment.

16 Jun, 2007


Either Chafers/Leatherjackets - we lost a big part of our lawn to them.

24 Jun, 2012

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