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#798153 - 4th Jun 2013 12:18am May bug or cockchafer
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#798217 - 4th Jun 2013 2:06pm Re: May bug or cockchafer [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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Not seen any but don't really wish to meet one.

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#798235 - 4th Jun 2013 4:21pm Re: May bug or cockchafer [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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These seemed to be more common in Suffolk than this area. They call them 'Billy Withes' down there. Quite large, and they can land on your shoulder quite easily!!! Absolutely harmless, so don't kill them, they also have a roll in life. smile

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#798348 - 4th Jun 2013 9:26pm Re: May bug or cockchafer [Re: granny]
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I had to move one from outside the school I work at this morning. The receptionist said there was one in her garden the day before.Never seen one before.Quite fascinating really when you see one close up.I live/work in Pensby area.

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#798356 - 4th Jun 2013 9:44pm Re: May bug or cockchafer [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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#798370 - 4th Jun 2013 11:51pm Re: May bug or cockchafer [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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I was in Wales weekend before last.Bloody loads of the buggers...

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#798734 - 6th Jun 2013 1:42pm Re: May bug or cockchafer [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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I found loads ofthe grubs of these when pulling out grasses by the roots in a patch that hadnt been touched for years. Apparently they can decimate lawns and eat some plant roots. So - it depends where you find them as to whether theyre a problem or not. They are fascinating to dig up and have a good look at. Couple of inches long at full size some of them. I imagine great bird food , so we need some around. The conventional chemical control, can harm birds and other creatures - if you need to get rid of them , try biological warfare!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LEATHERJACKET-KI...words=nematodes

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