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Random Musings => Miscellany => Where The Wild Things Are => Topic started by: Jaded on April 07, 2012, 07:50:53 pm

Title: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on April 07, 2012, 07:50:53 pm


(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/thingy_2.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/thingy_1.jpg)


Shown with a 1 Euro piece, which is 23.2mm, apparently.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: little miss mac on April 07, 2012, 07:54:07 pm
Run!!!

(http://www.rowthree.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/alien3-tag.jpg)
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Gus on April 07, 2012, 07:58:14 pm
Cricket, some kind of...
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Tewdric on April 07, 2012, 08:02:55 pm
Wasn't it in MiB?

(http://marvelmoore.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/men-in-black-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: rogerzilla on April 07, 2012, 08:44:51 pm
It's a bit of a munter.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Peter on April 07, 2012, 10:09:56 pm
Jaded, was this on one of your cathedral climbing jaunts abroad?  They make themselves pretty scarce in England.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on April 10, 2012, 09:56:07 pm
Thanks all.

It wasn't in England. (Nor Scotland or Wales either!)
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 10, 2012, 10:02:08 pm
This thread isn't at all what I was hoping for when I saw the title.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on April 10, 2012, 11:20:03 pm
At least I didn't ask everyone to identify a jobbie.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: nicknack on May 16, 2012, 09:35:53 am
Another thingie.

I noticed this attached to my ankle this morning. It appears to have caused a bit of a lump.
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/nicknacknick/bug.jpg)

I imagine I picked it up on Sunday whilst walking in the woods. Unless it's a bed bug.

It's about 2mm long.

Any ideas? Tick or bug?

Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: tiermat on May 16, 2012, 09:47:53 am
That's a tick, nicknack, and the reason that you should be wearing long trousers when walking through woodland/moorland in spring/summer!
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: nicknack on May 16, 2012, 09:56:11 am
That's a tick, nicknack, and the reason that you should be wearing long trousers when walking through woodland/moorland in spring/summer!

I was.

Ta. I thought it must be.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Wowbagger on May 16, 2012, 02:34:58 pm
Keep an eye on the area around the bite in case of Lyme Disease, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease) which can be very nasty.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: nicknack on May 16, 2012, 04:51:45 pm
Keep an eye on the area around the bite in case of Lyme Disease, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease) which can be very nasty.

Yes, that's not something I'd want.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: alexb on May 16, 2012, 05:55:37 pm


(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/thingy_2.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/thingy_1.jpg)


Shown with a 1 Euro piece, which is 23.2mm, apparently.

This is a mole cricket. common in Europe, protected in the UK.
If anyone here has seen one in the UK, I'd very much like to know about it, since the last one spotted in the UK was over 10 years ago.
Large flying insects at dusk are more likely to be cockchafers or possibly stag beetles.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: mattc on May 25, 2012, 08:55:44 am
This thread isn't at all what I was hoping for when I saw the title.

You could join in with the cockchafer talk.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: longers on July 15, 2013, 11:55:20 am
I haven't a photo but we were overflown by something that looked to have the form of a dragonfly/damselfly. I can't find it in any books here and we only saw it for a brief moment.

It looked to be very black with dark wings and we both noticed a blue element in its colouring.

Approx 2" wingspan, in Oldham, not particularly close to water.

Any ideas please?
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: tiermat on July 15, 2013, 12:16:58 pm
longers, we used to get them in our garden in Briggus, so not a million miles from Oldham.

If you get chance to look closely at one you will see that they are iridescent, looking all black in one light, green/blue in another.

Not a clue what they are called, though.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Peter on July 15, 2013, 02:35:01 pm
Might it have been a beetle?  There are ones that look distinctly blue in certain lights.  If so, you may have seen the dark elytra, or wing case, rather than the rapidly moving wings.  Several beetles would have a wing span of about two inches.  Can't be more help, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Vince on July 15, 2013, 04:49:53 pm
Another thingie.

I noticed this attached to my ankle this morning. It appears to have caused a bit of a lump.
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/nicknacknick/bug.jpg)

I imagine I picked it up on Sunday whilst walking in the woods. Unless it's a bed bug.

It's about 2mm long.

Any ideas? Tick or bug?

Well done for getting it out in one piece and not squashing it.
I pulled one out of my thigh week before last after camping.
Seems their life cycle is to climb into trees and jump hoping to land on something meaty. The other thing they do is if they get on you ankle they climb up looking for somewhere warm and moist.... As scout leaders, we leave those ones to the parents to remove!
Most of the UK is free of Lymes disease, though it is becoming more of a concern.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Wombat on July 16, 2013, 12:59:15 pm


(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/thingy_2.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/thingy_1.jpg)


Shown with a 1 Euro piece, which is 23.2mm, apparently.

Yep, thats definitely a thingie.  well identified, Jaded!
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: clarion on July 16, 2013, 07:40:01 pm
Another thingie.  Sorry about the poor photo.  The thing was escaping fast.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_4846_zps3ebae85f.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_4846_zps3ebae85f.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: bumper on July 16, 2013, 07:41:27 pm
Looks like a summer chafer. Quite large aren't they!
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: clarion on July 16, 2013, 09:26:21 pm
Quite likely, thanks.  Yes, very big.  Butterfly saw another burrowing into the ground.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 17, 2013, 03:53:57 pm
Most of the UK is free of Lymes disease, though it is becoming more of a concern.

Most of Yorkshire and lancashire has lymes.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on July 17, 2013, 06:54:56 pm
You can get them in Waitrose too.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Wowbagger on July 18, 2013, 12:12:25 am
My brother caught lyme's disease a few years ago after a tick bite. I think that was in Wales but I will ask him to make sure. Fortunately he noticed the early symptoms of the disease and had the right treatment so it didn't develop into anything especially nasty.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: mcshroom on July 18, 2013, 09:49:46 am
If you think you may have been bitten by a tick, it may be worth a chat with yuor GP: -
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lyme-disease/Pages/Diagnosis.aspx
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on July 21, 2013, 03:35:47 pm
Here's another thingie. Well over an inch long.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/insect_1.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/insect_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: bumper on July 21, 2013, 03:44:46 pm
Looks like a horse fly. They can bite through jeans too!
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Regulator on July 21, 2013, 04:01:22 pm
Most of the UK is free of Lymes disease, though it is becoming more of a concern.

Most of Yorkshire and lancashire has lymes.

From the PHE* info on Lymes Disease (http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/LymeDisease/EpidemiologicalData/lymLymeepidemiology/):

Quote
Cases have been reported from most counties in England and Wales, with infection occurring most frequently in Exmoor, the New Forest, the South Downs, parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex, Thetford Forest, the Lake District and the North York Moors.



*It's PHE now, rather than HPA, but they haven't updated the web-site.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: mattc on July 21, 2013, 05:40:04 pm
Another thingie.  Sorry about the poor photo.  The thing was escaping fast.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_4846_zps3ebae85f.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_4846_zps3ebae85f.jpg.html)
Is it a Murray Mint?
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: clarion on July 21, 2013, 06:07:22 pm
I didn't want to pick it up and suck it to check.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on July 21, 2013, 06:19:03 pm
Looks like a horse fly. They can bite through jeans too!

Horse flies are cleggs up here, and that thing was about 5 times larger than a clegg.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: bumper on July 21, 2013, 07:05:49 pm
It's a brown horsefly ;)

http://www.diptera.info/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=50368&pid=217140

http://www.naturenet.net/blogs/2009/06/check-out-this-massive-fly/

A tabanus sp.
Title: Re: Identify a thingie
Post by: Jaded on May 26, 2019, 09:39:47 pm
Here's a new one.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/insect_identify.jpg)

Slightly smaller than a housefly. And now outside, so no more piccies.