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Post by Compostwoman on 18th May 2010, 10:54 pm

First ones bashing themselves silly on the window sills tonight!

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 19th May 2010, 8:07 am


don't like the look of them beasties

are they goodies or baddies???
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Post by Compostwoman on 19th May 2010, 8:20 am

Mmm depends on your perspective I guess. May bugs are Cockchafers - the larvae are white chafer bugs...and eat roots....can be an agricultural pest in large numbers but pesticides use has seen them declining.

I like them though, even though they can do damage to root crops.

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Post by Adrian on 19th May 2010, 11:21 am

Chafer bugs are a turf maintenance nightmare, fortunately I don't deal with lawn and turf.

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Post by Sparhawk on 20th May 2010, 11:46 pm

Compostwoman wrote: May bugs are Cockchafers -

Hmm, & there was me thinking that was the name for new lederhosen...

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Post by Snoopka on 21st May 2010, 8:59 am

I had to learn about these bugs, as most of them are beneficial, and yet they are so awesome when you find them in the compost heap. For a long time I would just chuck them in the middle of the road to give them a chance (i.e. not kill them outright) as I thought they were decimating all my vegetable roots! The stag beetle larva is so awesome, fatter than my thumb. I have seen learned the error of my ways.
This is a brilliant site with very clear details to help differentiate cockshafers from others:
http://maria.fremlin.de/stagbeetles/larva-guide/index.html
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Post by Guest on 5th June 2010, 7:35 pm

I learnt that lesson too to the dismay of our chickens!

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