A huge bumblebee just flew past me and it reminded me of the drunken beetles that I see in Paxos. You know, the big black winged ones that get drunk off fermented fruit that's lying beneath the trees? Then they fly into walls, fall upside down on the ground and spin round and round in crazy circles until they manage to right themselves
Does anyone else find these a source of endless amusement, or do I just have a warped sense of humour?
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Message posted by angela_h on 19áMarchá2011 at 6:36pm - IP Logged
Angela, I THINK we're talking about the same thing, although I'd never really noticed that they had particularly long legs. I'm terrified of daddy longlegs, so anything with shorter legs than they have is fine by me!
Message posted by matty&sara on 20áMarchá2011 at 10:59am - IP Logged
about maybugs, but the things I'm talking about are black rather than brown, have fatter, rounder bodies and are active during the daytime rather than at night. If you google images of scarab beetles, you'll see what I mean. Matty&Sara's description "flying olives" is perfect
Message posted by ElaineK (Paxos) on 21áMarchá2011 at 10:06am - IP Logged
Incidentally, when I started this topic I thought everyone would immediately know what I was talking about, but judging by the responses, perhaps these creatures are less common on Corfu than on Paxos? It seems to have turned into an Identify This Bug topic
Message posted by Eileen on 21áMarchá2011 at 10:13am - IP Logged
I remember a few years back Anne was taking a pizza out of the oven, when she put her hands in the oven gloves a May bug (Common Cock Chaffer) was inside the gloves as we had the kitchen door open it must have flown in and crawled into the glove
I can tell you she had a right old fit lol
Message posted by ElaineK (Paxos) on 21áMarchá2011 at 11:13am - IP Logged
Elaine, I suspect that the reason most visiters to the island don't see them is because they tend to stick round the olive groves. I thought the fireflies were bad at flying until I watched these beetles which seem unable to turn a corner without bumping into something. Never did know what they were called though so that's a result.
Message posted by Eileen on 21áMarchá2011 at 11:53am - IP Logged
Know the ones you mean julesx2. I think, having scoured the 'net, that they're probably a type of 'parasitic wasp', clever little beggars who lay their eggs inside the bodies of live aphids. Of course, I'm no expert and may be entirely wrong...
Are they the ones you hear before you see them as they sound like a world war 2 bomber that you have to duck and dive to avoid. If they have yellow/orange stripes, apparently if stung by one medical attention must be sought immediately.
The bombers I've seen seem rather interested in exploring brick work, roof tiles and crevices---looking for insect larvae?
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