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Friend or foe.....or perhaps carp food?

I think these are chafer grubs, rather than lesser stag beetles.  But before I dispose of them just wanted to see if other people have a view as I’m not 100% sure.

One is only lying on its back because I turned it over.  Otherwise they stay a C shape. 

If they are a foe do you think my carp would like to eat them? 


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,989
    They look like vine weevil grubs (if they don't have legs). Definitely foes. Birds can eat them. Don't know about fish.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    6 legs....

    The carp don’t fancy them.   So will rehome them for time being.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,695
    I’d agree with chafer grubs.

    Neither friend nor foe really. Just grubs.😊
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,166
    Stag beetle larvae of both persuasions tend to be found in rotting wood. Chafer grubs tend to feed on live roots of grasses and shrubs mostly so where you found them will give you a good clue as to which they are.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,060
    edited September 2019
    You can’t mistake a vine weevil grub, they are completely clean, not a speck of soil on them,  the one creature I just cannot touch without a glove. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    I put things like that on the bird table. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,060
    So do I but I have to pick them out with a pair of tweezers. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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