8 April 2015

Bosser Martin's Nemesis

Yes, I know, I really must get round to dusting.

I am risking ridicule and pity to show you this crane fly, Tipula rufina, who is unusually out and about in spring, rather than in autumn when other species of crane fly choose to expire in your dust.

The larval stage of crane flies are the notorious leatherjackets that live under your lawn, and if in large enough numbers create bare patches. This was famously (according to Wiki, anyway) a problem that occurred at Lords Cricket Ground in 1935:

I wish Bosser Martin would sort out my lawn. Although 'fieriness' isn't its main problem, more like 'bogginess', I'd say.