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strange maggot on dock roots

Whenever I dig up a dock on my allotment, there is often a white maggot with a brown head on, or near, the root. Not knowing what they are, and going by the rule 'if it moves slow it eats plants' I always kill it.

Anyone any idea what it may be, and if it is friend or foe?

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,550

    It depends on how big it is as to what it might be but, given that it's on a root, it's probably a fair bet that it's eating it. But docks? Do you care? I'd let them get on with it.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126
    Cold be the larva of the vine weevil in which case you are right to kill it.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,550

    Could be cockchafer, or stagbeetle, which would be a shame.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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