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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 09:39
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Surprisingly bite, sting whatever it was has left little visible evidence and just a slight stinging sensation this morning What was it? I'd love to know. Felt like a circular saw at the time... covered in mossie bites, most if which I only notice when I scratch them absent mindedly...

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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 09:58
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Surprisingly bite, sting whatever it was has left little visible evidence and just a slight stinging sensation this morning What was it? I'd love to know. Felt like a circular saw at the time... covered in mossie bites, most if which I only notice when I scratch them absent mindedly...
If it was a horsefly it is a bite, made by the bit at the front end with the intention of drinking your blood,
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44823286



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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 10:11
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I’ve always known them as March Flies, never having owned a horse.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 12:33
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They are b$stards. Can't go near a neighbour's house which has ponds because of them. Don't hear them, don't feel them bite but they're dirty. Couple of weeks back my arm blew up to, well to the size of a bigger arm, in response. Thought I was going to need antibiotics (again).
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 12:37
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Surprisingly bite, sting whatever it was has left little visible evidence and just a slight stinging sensation this morning What was it? I'd love to know. Felt like a circular saw at the time... covered in mossie bites, most if which I only notice when I scratch them absent mindedly...
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Black flies


Black flies are blood-feeding insects that are responsible for transmission of onchocerciasis or African river blindness. In Britain and Ireland they do not transmit disease, but the anticoagulant saliva they inject when feeding can cause intense itching and inflammation known as "black fly fever" that may need hospital treatment.

Simulium reptans, Simulium tuberosum and Simulium posticatum can inflict painful bites. The last mentioned is commonly known as the Blandford fly (common around Blandford Forum in Dorset) and there is a local brand of beer named after it, marketed as a ‘premium ale with extra bite’.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 14:45
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Tip for the day if you are bitten by mozzies... apply toothpaste. Thought it was another silly but it does work.
Awaiting tooth cracks
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 14:48
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 19:25
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Zipflies have sharp teeth.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 19:30
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Nearly fell for that one
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 05:42
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Zipflies have sharp teeth.
Yeah, but they only bite members.
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 05:58
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I'll try toothpaste next time a mozzie nips me - thanks for the tip! I heard the dreaded whine close to me left lug hole last night just before I retired; little bastard - actually she was enormous - was dispatched within a minute, apparently before blood was drawn!

I remember a friend being incredulous that men manage to catch themselves in their flies. I assured her that a moment's inattention can lead to a world of pain. Certainly happened to me at least twice, though not for many years. A pub and an excess of fermented apple juice may possibly have been involved on one occasion...
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 06:20
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I'll try toothpaste next time a mozzie nips me - thanks for the tip! I heard the dreaded whine close to me left lug hole last night just before I retired; little bastard - actually she was enormous - was dispatched within a minute, apparently before blood was drawn!

I remember a friend being incredulous that men manage to catch themselves in their flies. I assured her that a moment's inattention can lead to a world of pain. Certainly happened to me at least twice, though not for many years. A pub and an excess of fermented apple juice may possibly have been involved on one occasion...
To catch it once, may be deemed a misfortune. To do it twice, smacks of carelessness - to paraphrase Mr Wilde.
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Old 25th Jul 2021, 02:40
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The thought of a cockroach that is 15cm (6 inches) long is enough to send me running for the horizon.
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Old 25th Jul 2021, 05:46
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The thought of a cockroach that is 15cm (6 inches) long is enough to send me running for the horizon.
No point, it would beat you to it.
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Old 26th Jul 2021, 10:46
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One can finally report a sighting of a few, as in not very many, bees !. True, they were indulging themselves on the lady next doors lavender but that's a start. Thus far, even fewer have ventured indoors to use the famed SAR expertise.

Also sighted, three butterflies !.

One is seriously bemused as to the absence of both this summer,

However, on an ornithological note, one can now retract a former observation about pigeons. Judging from the performance last night, they do enjoy threesomes after all !
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Old 26th Jul 2021, 11:53
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Three Pigeons? Is that a local pub?

All my bees have disappeared, I can only assume their larder is full and they've buggered off to Frinton for a couple of weeks of sun, sea, sand and SX.
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Old 26th Jul 2021, 12:07
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Three Pigeons? Is that a local pub?

All my bees have disappeared, I can only assume their larder is full and they've buggered off to Frinton for a couple of weeks of sun, sea, sand and SX.
Bees are still evident in the SW. Had to chase a big bumble out last night and the village FB page was asking what to do with a swarm that had arrived in someone's garden.

As to pigeons and their ilk. I could be done for running a disorderly roof. Sometimes it resembles an avian knocking shop and they are doing it in hobnail boots judging by the noise on the slates. My issue is with rooks and jackdaws, We have a huge rookery in the trees at the foot of the garden. Sometimes you can't hear yourself think. The early morning 4 ship of Tornadoes at Brüggen would be preferable - at least they left!
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Old 26th Jul 2021, 12:12
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Now the sun has appeared, I've been for a peruse in my meadow. Still a couple of bumblies but hoverflies more prevalent plus the grasshoppers are now busy doing Zebedee impressions. Got some lovely weeds flowers blooming, much nicer than a ruddy lawn.
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Old 26th Jul 2021, 12:21
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Now the sun has appeared, I've been for a peruse in my meadow. Still a couple of bumblies but hoverflies more prevalent plus the grasshoppers are now busy doing Zebedee impressions. Got some lovely weeds flowers blooming, much nicer than a ruddy lawn.
A weed is just a misplaced flower, I am just terribly absent minded.
Let the lawn grow and get a goat. (Planemike might have a spare one. )
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Old 26th Jul 2021, 12:22
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Now the sun has appeared, I've been for a peruse in my meadow. Still a couple of bumblies but hoverflies more prevalent plus the grasshoppers are now busy doing Zebedee impressions. Got some lovely weeds flowers blooming, much nicer than a ruddy lawn.
A weed is just a misplaced flower, I am just terribly absent minded.
Let the lawn grow and get a goat. (Planemike might have a spare one. )
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