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Kate Bradbury wrote (see)
I've just found a dung beetle in my nettle bucket! So exciting!
Last year I spent a good half hour watching dung-flies mating in the bucket of nettle leaves
Kate, you really need to get out more!
I've been using reasonably well rotted donkey manure at the bottom of my new raised beds and I keep finding large greyish maggots/larvae in it. I've been picking them out and chucking them, but I'm sure I'll miss a lot of them. I have looked and looked online for info as to whether they are good or bad, with no luck. Does anyone know what they are? Are they a pest? Will they eat all my seedlings? Help!
@Excitable boy I get out plenty thank you! What can I say, I just love the critters!
@Katie Blue they could well be dung beetle larvae. They're absolutely harmless to your plants and help break down the manure. Also food for bats. A good thing!
phew! thanks. I have noticed the shed skins on the surface of the beds so whatever they were they have burrowed out and gone. No damage to any crops cos I hadn't planted any yet!