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What Is This Grub Please?


 
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: What Is This Grub Please? Reply with quote

Hi
This is the second of these grubby lads I found hiding out in my soil. Can someone tell me what exactly it is & what threat it carries? Sorry for the blurry photo - it was windy at the time! Also, in reality it's a little lighter in colour than in the photo. Thanks.
PS - It's the one on the right, the left one is my finger! Laughing



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like a leatherjacket to me?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like leatherjacket to me also.
I am finding loads of them in the veg garden this year.
More here...... Leatherjackets Tipula paludosa and Nephrotoma

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leatherjacket which is the larva of the Daddy Long Legs
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folks; I'd read about the leatherjacket - not a welcome visitor, especially since my seedlings have been doing so well!
James, in your article you say nematodes can be applied from late August - is this important or could they be let loose around now? Many thanks.
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