The adult female usually contains mature eggs as she emerges from her pupa , and often mates immediately if a male is available. Larvae can be important in the soil ecosystem, because they process organic material and increase microbial activity.

The larvae of a few species consume other living aquatic insects and invertebrates, which could potentially include mosquito larvae, though this has not been documented. Retrieved from " https:

They often have a filament, which may help anchor the egg in wet or aquatic environments. Crane Company, All rights reserved. Crane fly larvae leatherjackets have been observed in many habitat types on dry land and in water, [6] including marine , brackish , and fresh water.