leatherjacket


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leatherjacket

1. any of various tropical carangid fishes of the genera Oligoplites and Scomberoides, having a leathery skin
2. any of various brightly coloured tropical triggerfishes of the genus Monacanthus and related genera
3. the greyish-brown tough-skinned larva of certain craneflies, esp of the genus Tipula, which destroy the roots of grasses, etc.
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The recent milder winters have exaggerated the problem, allowing a longer feeding period for the leatherjackets.
The next morning the leatherjackets should be on the surface where they can be collected and disposed of - put some on the bird table too
Little information is available on the success of these latter ship reefs, though at Glenelg, boarfish, leatherjackets, trevally (Carangidae), and a number of other smaller species of fishes were observed by divers about a month after sinking (Branden, 1984).
The eggs hatch two weeks later and the grey/brown, legless soft fleshy leatherjacket larvae, about one cm in length, start to devour nearby plant roots just below the soil surface
The incident is being linked to a weakening of turf - believed to be due to an infestation of leatherjackets, which are the larval stage of the crane fly, or daddy-long-legs.
Although most damaging when young, the adult leatherjacket, which grows up to 13/4 in long, is much easier to spot.
RASPBERRIES and other summer berries that have fruited this year can be cut out and new shoots tied in for next year | LAWN chafers or leatherjackets a problem?
Stephen Brotherton, by email: They're leatherjackets and they can make a nuisance of themselves, gnawing roots.
Starlings on the lawn will be getting rid of leatherjackets - give them time.
Soot warms the soil, stimulates growth and destroys many pests, particularly wireworms, leatherjackets, etc.
Conwy birdwatchers have been amazed to discover the largest flock ever recorded in Britain, with more than 80 birds feeding on leatherjackets, as cranefly larvae are commonly known.