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Larvae in soil - what is it ??

I have come across over 10 of these larvae in my garden over the past few weeks and I don't know if they are harmful to the plants/veg I am growing.

I have clay soil and have found these bugs/larvae in the earth in my veg patch and under lawned area.

I really would be grateful if anyone could tell me what they are and if they do any damage.  If so - am I able to get rid of them somehow.

Thank you


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Any chance of a photo?

  • Apologies - I can't seem to download of photo of the larvae.

    They are approx 1.5 inches long and mid to dark brown.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    leatherjacket larvae, perhaps...

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Hi Rhonddalass,  Try opening your photos on your PC and see if you can find a 'Save As' in the File menu of whatever program opens them, then save them as .jpg format.  This will usually work.  It's much easier if we can see a photo.image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks Marshmello,  It does indeed appear to be leatherjacket larvae.  I can now check how to try and get rid of them.  Appears nematodes applied in August might be the answer.

    Apologies both that there was no photo provided.  I am new to site and I have tried always to load picture but with no joy.  Thanks again

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,944

    Squiding leatherjackets and putting them on the birdtable works for me!

    And encourage starlings - when they're digging their beaks into your lawn etc they're looking for leatherjackets image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks Dovefromabove - I do have starlings in the garden so hopefully they will eat quite a few larvae.  I have been squiding them on patio (and leaving them there - yuk !)

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