Leather Jackets in Silver Lake
February 8, 2010
Hi–I live on a steep hill adjacent to the Silver Lake Reservoir. On Saturday after the heavy overnight rain I encountered lots of Leather Jackets writhing on the pavement. I am attaching three images. Which kind of Leather Jackets/Crane Flies are these? Native? Thanks so much.
Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Leather Jacket

Hi Brad,
Chen Young, an expert in the Crane Fly family, just wrote to us regarding the other two recent Los Angeles area emergences of Leather Jackets, and they were determined to be native.  According to his description, your Leather Jackets are also the larvae of native Crane Flies.  Chen has promised to send us an image of the European Crane Fly Larva for comparison.

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