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Fire, flood, pestilence!

lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
edited October 2009 in Commuting chat
OK, so I may have been exaggerating somewhat on the 'fire, flood' bit, but I've just been out for a spin on the maxima, and have been beaten back by what appears to be a plague of ladybirds! I know they've been in the news lately for their sheer abundance, but I haven't seen that many. Until today.

My protein intake has been through the roof, and there are about 35 of them in the shower tray that must have been caught up in my hair, or about my person. Ewww.

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  • Wow - thing is there is an invasive species that isnt as good at its job but will out compete our more efficient but lazier natives... How many spots have they got?
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    WTFU
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  • FeltupFeltup Posts: 1,340
    Just think how many energy bars you don't need to carry. Just keep your mouth open.

    I presume you were joking when you said you were beaten back other wise all I can say is WTFU!
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  • Had about 20 that suddenly appeared in my bathroom at the weekend, from where I know not. I opened the window and they all flew away.
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    I've noticed loads of non native ladybirds about recently. The non natives ones often hibernate in window frames or in houses, I remember opening a window in winter a year or so ago and it seemed like hundreds of ladybirds fell out...
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  • They've got LOTS of spots. Lots and lots.

    And no, not literally beaten back. I fought my way through the hordes. :)
  • Those are the invasive ones... Don't feel bad at having slaughtered them, Its the classic 2 and 7 spots we need to thrive.
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  • Sounds like Harlequin ladybirds. As MonkeyMonster says, they're aggressive newcomers, destroying everything in their path.
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  • Eau RougeEau Rouge Posts: 1,118
    Sounds like Harlequin ladybirds. As MonkeyMonster says, they're aggressive newcomers, destroying everything in their path.

    Isn't LiT an Antipodean import herself? Aggressive (in a nice way) import destroying (the egos) of everything (on a bike) in her path.
    I see a problem with your logic here.
  • I thought she's half an export...
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  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    edited October 2009
    I thought she's half an export...

    Half an export? I'll take a pint, thank-you, I'm not Greg66. ;)
  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    :lol:
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  • Oh, har har. Funny girl.

    :x

    And you can shut it, JG!

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  • always_tyredalways_tyred Posts: 4,965
    LiT, you'd LOVE the west coast of Scotland in the Summer. The beasties aren't nearly as pretty as ladybirds, but there are SO many more of them.
  • They are pointy too! And so healthy and well-fed, thanks to the diet of tourist.
  • LiT, you'd LOVE the west coast of Scotland in the Summer. The beasties aren't nearly as pretty as ladybirds, but there are SO many more of them.

    You know what? It sounds just brilliant. Maybe I'll move.
  • stuaffstuaff Posts: 1,736
    Midges.....aaargh. Remember them well from my own visits to Scotland.
    The ones we've got down south are bad enough- went round the Isle of Wight yesterday, didn't take my glasses...inevitably, got an insect strike in the eye....grrr.
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  • Scottish midges are a whole level of pain beyond any others - luckily edinburgh doesn't get the proper mental ones that love the highlands.
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  • SewinmanSewinman Posts: 2,131
    Midges: Avon, skin so soft, alpine. Deet 100%. Smoking.
  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    Sewinman wrote:
    Midges: Avon, skin so soft, alpine. Deet 100%. Smoking.

    Just MTFU, they are small. Pain is only in the mind...
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  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    Marmite diet - the little b****rs can't stand it :)
  • always_tyredalways_tyred Posts: 4,965
    The Highland Clearances were nothing to do with the English or rich Scottish land owners.

    No. The clans just got sick of the midges and left.

    In the middle ages they used to take a sheep's stomach, place a bunch of pipes in it, blow down one of them really hard, and force air out of the others. The awful high pitched wailing noise used to keep the midges away, but again, no one could stand it. FACT.

    I reckon the midges are an environmental imbalance. There is a strange attitude up here that somehow the moorland has to be preserved from reforestation. Its not as though we are short of moorland, and there are hardly any trees left. Trees reduce grazing land, so the crofters and livestock farmers are damn good at arguing that the precious man-made midge ridden ecosystem should be protected. Precisely why environmental groups assist in this with controlled burning is completely beyond me.

    At least there are one or two mad Scottish Lairds trying to reforest a few glens.... and re-introduce bears and wooly mammoths and so on......
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