Crane flies

European crane fly, Tipula paludosa, and common crane fly, T. oleraceae, can be problems in nursery production. We have reports of root feeding damage from ornamental grasses and heather. Look for direct damage to root systems as presence of the larvae, also known as leatherjackets, may not directly relate to damage.

One of the best resources for crane fly information is at the link below.

Crane fly Pests of the Pacific Northwest

James W. Fetzner Jr. 2005. Crane flies (Diptera: Tipulidae) of Pennsylvania. Carnigie Museum of Natural History. <24 January 2018)

 

 

Original version: (8 May 2003)
Last update (24 January 2018)

Author: R.L. Rosetta, Extension Nursery Integrated Pest Management, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University/NWREC.

Adult Cranefly

Adult Cranefly

Crane fly larvae

Crane fly larvae

Crane fly larva, also known as a leatherjacket

Crane fly larva, also known as a leatherjacket