Monday, 7 June 2010

Beetles, Bugs & Butterflies - Oh My!


Okay so strictly speaking there were no bugs and no butterflies but there was a beetle and one hell of a beetle it was!

One of the *cough* joys of living in the countryside is the multitude of strange looking bugs and insects that festoon themselves around my house. We have no shortage of spiders and gnats out number humans by about 1,000,000,000,000,000 : 1 but occasionally we'll get a real humdinger like a rather hairy spider that I found in the bath one night. I'm not kidding, I almost thought it was a tarantunla it was that big. It had hairy elbows for heavens sake. I had to wait until Mr M was home from the pub to rescue me and it even have him a slight shudder.

But Saturday night brought us one of the creepiest bugs of all. Thankfully it was dead.


We had no idea what it was. I did recall seeing something wandering aimlessly around the garage last week but at the time thought it was a large moth (we have some freaky looking flying things around here...) but on closer examination it appeared to be something else. Second thought was cockroach having not come very close to one of those before but on close examination of my mother-in-laws insect book it turns out it is a Cockchafer Beetle. My inlaws have lived in the countryside all their lives and they've never seen one before.

The Cockchafer is also known as the "May Bug" because, erm, they appear in May and belongs to the Scarab family. They were almost completely eradicated in this country in the middle of the last century but started to make a comeback due to changes in pest control - the larvae lives underground for 4-5 years and can cause a lot of damage to roots. They are completely harmless to humans as they don't sting or bite but man, they are ugly.


There is now one less Cockchafer Beetle stalking the countryside of the West Midlands (Note; it died of natural causes, nowt to do with us) and hopefully I won't be stumbling across many more of these.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

PS For some reason my father-in-law has kept this little specimen on the shelf in his kitchen. I still have no idea why.

45 comments:

  1. You smiled while typing the name of that beetle didn't you? I bet you did!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I did, I did! I even made a joke about it on Twitter earlier. I am so predictable.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I keep sniggering at the name of this beetle at inappropriate moments.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Everytime I say the word "cockchafer" people raise an eyebrow at me...

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for your great info you've got right here on this post. I will be returning to your blog for more soon.

    my webpage: Kris Letang Authentic Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  6. Howdy! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!

    Also visit my webpage Wholesale Jerseys

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I'd figured I'd ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a
    blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a
    lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each
    other. If you are interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by
    the way!

    my weblog Wholesale Jerseys

    ReplyDelete
  8. Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post.
    Thank you for providing this info.

    Feel free to visit my web blog :: http://wealthwayonline.com/mariolemieuxjersey.html

    ReplyDelete
  9. This article is genuinely a good one it helps new net users, who are wishing for blogging.


    Here is my page; Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet

    ReplyDelete
  10. Fantastic items from you, man. I've understand your stuff prior to and you're
    just too fantastic. I really like what you have obtained
    right here, really like what you are saying and the
    best way during which you are saying it. You are making it enjoyable and you continue to care for to
    keep it sensible. I can not wait to learn much more from you.
    This is really a great web site.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog ... Cheap Louis Vuitton Bags

    ReplyDelete
  11. This paragraph offers clear idea in favor of
    the new visitors of blogging, that actually how to do blogging.


    Feel free to surf to my weblog Wholesale Jerseys Cheap

    ReplyDelete
  12. whoah this blog is great i like reading your articles. Stay up the great work!
    You understand, many people are hunting round for this information,
    you can help them greatly.

    Also visit my weblog Authentic Sidney Crosby Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  13. I always spent my half an hour to read this web site's articles or reviews all the time along with a mug of coffee.

    my web-site: Http://www.explorethecapabilities.com/Abercrombie.html

    ReplyDelete
  14. Does your website have a contact page? I'm having problems locating it but, I'd
    like to send you an e-mail. I've got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

    My weblog; Michael Kors Outlet

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow, incredible weblog layout! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The full look of your website is magnificent, as smartly as the content!


    my site; Louis Vuitton Bags

    ReplyDelete
  16. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz answer back as I'm looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thank you

    Feel free to visit my page - Basket Air Jordan

    ReplyDelete
  17. There is definately a lot to find out about this issue.
    I really like all the points you've made.

    Feel free to visit my web blog Louis Vuitton Outlet

    ReplyDelete
  18. I visited many web sites but the audio feature for audio songs current at this web site is really fabulous.


    Also visit my blog: slc-wireless.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?
    Thank you so much!

    Here is my weblog Sac Guess Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am in fact pleassant to read everthing at one place.



    Check out my page; Gafas De Sol Oakley

    ReplyDelete
  21. Fabulous, what a website it is! This website gives useful data to us, keep it up.


    my homepage Chaussures De Football Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  22. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice,
    keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later. Cheers

    Also visit my webpage :: slc-wireless.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to
    give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal
    with the same subjects? Thanks!

    My webpage; NFL Jerseys Cheap

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it
    was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I'd really
    appreciate it.

    Also visit my blog: Abercrombie & Fitch

    ReplyDelete
  25. Highly energetic blog, I liked that bit. Will there be a part
    2?

    Here is my blog post: Louis Vuitton Bags

    ReplyDelete
  26. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and everything.
    But think about if you added some great graphics or videos
    to give your posts more, "pop"! Your content is excellent but
    with images and videos, this website could definitely be one of the most beneficial in its
    field. Good blog!

    Here is my site Air Jordan Femme

    ReplyDelete
  27. We are a gaggle of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on.
    You have done an impressive activity and our whole neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.


    Here is my homepage; NFL Jerseys Cheap

    ReplyDelete
  28. I'm extremely impressed together with your writing abilities as smartly as with the layout to your weblog. Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it your self? Either way stay up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to see a great blog like this one these days..

    my webpage; Louis Vuitton Bags

    ReplyDelete
  29. It's remarkable designed for me to have a web site, which is valuable for my knowledge. thanks admin

    My web-site; Mulberry UK

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
    I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard
    on. Any tips?

    Also visit my blog Sac A Main Louis Vuitton

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am really impressed together with your writing talents
    and also with the structure in your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you
    customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent high quality writing, it's rare to look a great weblog like this one nowadays..

    Also visit my blog post Air Max Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi, all the time i used to check weblog posts
    here early in the daylight, for the reason that
    i love to find out more and more.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog; Evgeni Malkin Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  33. I think that what you published was actually very logical.
    However, what about this? what if you were to create a killer post title?
    I ain't saying your information isn't good., but suppose you
    added a title that grabbed folk's attention? I mean "Beetles, Bugs & Butterflies - Oh My!" is a little plain. You should look at Yahoo's home page and see how they create article titles to get people to click.
    You might add a related video or a pic or two to grab people excited about everything've written. Just my opinion, it would make your posts a little bit more interesting.

    Also visit my web blog: More Info

    ReplyDelete
  34. Yes! Finally someone writes about notorious.


    Here is my blog ... Learn More Here

    ReplyDelete
  35. I'm amazed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that's equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the
    nail on the head. The issue is an issue that not
    enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy that I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    Here is my webpage - More Info

    ReplyDelete
  36. This website truly has all of the info I wanted concerning this subject and didn't know who to ask.

    Here is my web page; This Site

    ReplyDelete
  37. Wow, this article is nice, my younger sister is analyzing
    such things, thus I am going to tell her.

    Also visit my homepage More Info

    ReplyDelete
  38. This is a topic which is near to my heart... Many thanks!

    Where are your contact details though?

    Feel free to surf to my blog - Get More Information (www.va-portal.de)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Greetings! I know this is somewhat off topic
    but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having
    difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

    Have a look at my webpage Nike Blazers Blue ()

    ReplyDelete
  40. It's hard to find experienced people about this subject, but you seem like you know what you're talking about!

    Thanks

    My page ... Nike Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  41. It's enormous that you are getting ideas from this article as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

    my web-site: Tory Burch Outlet

    ReplyDelete
  42. Superb post however , I was wondering if you could
    write a litte more on this topic? I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Cheers!

    Here is my site ... Billige Nike Free

    ReplyDelete
  43. I'm impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that's both equally educative
    and engaging, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head.

    The problem is an issue that too few men and women are speaking
    intelligently about. I am very happy that I found this in my hunt for something concerning this.


    Have a look at my website - Boutique Air Jordan

    ReplyDelete
  44. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post's to be just what I'm
    looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content for
    you? I wouldn't mind writing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome weblog!

    Have a look at my weblog - Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  45. It's actually very difficult in this busy life to listen news on TV, thus I just use internet for that reason, and take the most recent news.

    my homepage ... Louis Vuitton Purses

    ReplyDelete

I always like to hear your thoughts, so please do leave a comment!