First I found one then another and another maybe 30 in all. The dirt came out of a 300 gallon smart pot. I had put 1 wheelbarrow load in each of 4 different 200 gallon pots when I noticed the first one. Really freaked me out because I had no ideal what they were. Spent the next 2 hours going through all the dirt where I found a mess of them. After some research I found out they are Jerusalem Cricket larva ( Potato Bugs ) .Good for the garden. Had to laugh at myself for being so stupid. Glad I did not kill them all. Put them in the wheelbarrow with some dirt. I release them tomorrow.
LOL, not so sure now. Looked up that Cockchafer and the larvae can be twins with the Jerusalem Cricket larvae. I have taken the dirt out of 5, 300 gallon smart pots and only found them in one so far. I have 15 more to move the dirt out of. I do see black beetles and Potato Bugs on the property here and there. I hope they are Potato Bugs.
LOL, yeah after looking around there are many larvae ( Grubs ) that look very very similar to each other. One reason that I am leaning toward a Jerusalem Cricket ( AKA Potato Bug ) is that these were almost a foot down in the dirt and were very slow movers. Some of the other species I looked at seemed more active and are right below the surface. I pretty muched reomved all that I could find and will keep my eyes open when I am mixing in amendments to the pots that got that dirt and the remaining dirt I am moving.
Yeah I saw a video about a certain type of Nematode that kills grubs. Could be a Japanese Beetle, Cicada, June Bug, Jurusalem Cricket and 100 others. I not to concerned since I only found them in the one spot so far. Sort of funny I never have seen them before. Been out here over 15 years and some of my soil has been reused almost as long.
I found a bunch of these in my compost pile one year. I think I let the pile get a little rancid. Where they come out of the ground you see little dime size holes. They ruined a lot of my peaches. (green june beetle)
@below frigid .. it's 17 years but either way it's a hell of a long time. What do you think they are doing to occupy themselves? Do they wake up in the morning saying 3000 days down and only 3000 days to go. Then they climb up from the depths of the earth only to be greeted buy a CHICKEN!!