Anyone Know What This Is ?

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  1. Tosan

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    this hit my hubby last night bounced of and hit the Hab door thought it was dead but picked it up and moved it and it turned out it was only stunned :sleep:
    We have no idea what it is so hence the question what is it ????
     

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    It's a Cockchaffer.... Or Maybug

    :)
     
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    Harmless - we get them at home
    Often find them upside down, unable to move.
    Maybe the males flip their opponents over when fighting for a mate?
     
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    Not sure but fed up with cleaning all its relatives of my windscreen
     
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    Until they lay their eggs in your lawn which hatch into cockchafer grubs! They then kill your lawn by eating the roots and then when the're nice and fat the badgers come and dig them up leaving your lawn looking like this!

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    If it has teeth that size on its arse i dont want to get bitten by the front end.... :LOL:
     
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    We've got chickens so not much of a lawn
    They also make great 'treats ' for free range chickens
     
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    But, doesnt everyones lawn look like that.....ours always does.
     
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    they make a right racket too when they fly round the house. the dogs chase them
     
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    Yeah, I've had some of those Y fronts from the Poundshop too :LOL:
     
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    Same as Jim Royle then: " I paid a quid for these underpants and I've got 50 pence worth stuck up my arse."
     
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    ShiftZZ's latest drone?
     
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    Ha ha thanks for your answers and comments !
    So it's a Cockchaffer then !
    Who the hell named it that :D
     
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    Very good question! I did a bit of googling and it seems the cock bit refers to its size and a chafer is any scarab beetle. So a cockchaffer just means "big beetle".

    I also advised against googling this if you are about to sit down to a meal - lest you come across the French recipe for a soup made from them!

    Coincidentally we have watched terns catching something in the air at dusk over the beach every night this week. They twist and turn (pun warning) like swifts, grabbing at something unseen, but I now think they are catching cockchafers as there were a few flying around at ground level.

    The birds I think were Whiskered Terns, but given my recent débâcle over tree identification I am not going say this is correct!
     
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    Thanks for the explanation @DBK
    And I won't bother googling it :)
    Don't want to see anything nasty before me tea.
     
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    We had lots of these last year coming down the chimneys into the fireplaces. Drove the dogs mad flying slowly around the rooms, but just out of reach.
    Not seen too many this year and, thankfully, only one in the house.
    They hurt when they fly into the side of your head though, especially if you have little hair to cushion the collision.
     
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    @Allanm ha ha which is what happened to hubby and he has no cushion on his head !!!
     
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    :rofl::rofl:
     
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