Anyone ever have to act in 'Daddy long legs' as their annual school play? It's a rather sweet story about an orphan and a mystery benefactor she catches sight of only once as a lankily distorted shadow.
The insect version is no benefactor for gardeners, as their eggs develop into those nasty-looking grubs we call leatherjackets. But help from nature is at hand, as they're a favourite food for our avian friends the rooks, jackdaws and starlings. So don't be cross when you find little holes in your lawn.
Andrew Graham tells us more about them and the adult 'daddy long legs' that they become, in MoreNews.
Photo: Barn owl
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