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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

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A very good year for crane flies

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 27 Sep 2013 at 09:54 AM



How many of you have seen these gangly giants about? Crane flies or daddy long legs are the adults of the soil or lawn pest we know as leatherjackets. There's certainly been plenty about this year, flapping about in the flower beds, laying eggs on lawns and coming in windows at night if the light is left on. Hardly the most graceful or, from a gardener's point of view, the most welcome visitor to the garden. Here's one on lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina).


It was a busy old day yesterday, down on site at the Plants for Bugs plots. Our volunteers Judi, Carolyn and Crystal had the double task of laying pitfall traps and taking overhead photos. At the same time, Dr Andy Salisbury was at the Deer's Farms plots recording flying visiting insects on the flowers. Below you can see him in action;



Andy showing Crystal how the recording sheet is filled in. 



sue1002 said:

We have an abundance of crane flies this year and quite a few bald patches in the lawn too...

on 30 Sep 2013 at 06:14 PM