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Area’s crane fly population is booming thanks to recent rains

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Ojai Valley News photo by Bill Warner
The recent wet weather has been a boon to crane flies.
 Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
If you happen to have replaced your lawn with wood chips, you might have noticed veritable clouds of crane flies knocking at your door in recent weeks. That’s because the lissome-legged insects tend to metamorphose most prolifically in marshy or moist areas — including damp soils, compost or turf.
“Think of them as the sign of a good rainy season,” said Anna Howell, entomologist with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura County. The crane fly season is typically the rainy season, she said, and this year’s average of 26 inches in the Ojai Valley has led to a surplus population.

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