Daddy Long Legs

Have you noticed that large number of daddy long legs (crane flies) that are around at the moment? The other day I was walking across the Lower Meadow, and with every pace crane flies were rising out of the grass. Are you like me, you catch them carefully in the house and release them outside? But they have a Dark Side – their larvae are leatherjackets, root-eating creatures that gardeners hate.
Cranefly or Daddy Long Legs
Their larva, the leatherjacket

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