Registered: 29th Jun 2011
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.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle
Registered: 28th Jan 2012
Loc: in the fiery depths
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.
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!