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In the summer I'm always aware what might come into my house but tonight it took me by surprise. One of the dogs (the most curious) started to sniff at her water bowl. At first I took no notice but the noise got quite intense and looked to see what it was she was so interested in. It was the little cutout piece at the base of the bowl that had caught her attention. I moved it to refill and there was a lizard underneath. They don't frighten me but it surprised me and there was nothing near that I could grab to cover over , so I put my foot over it to keep it still until I grabbed the dogs biscuits bowl emptied them into a tray and plonked it over the lizard. Eventually got it outside where it scampered off over the wall non the worse for wear after being trodden on. I didn't hurt it if you are thinking how cruel. I usually leave a glass handy as they come in frequently.

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You keep a glass handy ! Why Nonna, do you offer them a drink before you stomp on ' em ??

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Yes I grab a bottle of Barbera and ask them if the vintage is correct and to their taste.

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As ‘Hows Your Day’ has developed into a topic on creepy crawlies I’m wondering if anyone can identify this little creature that I found earlier today crawling up a door frame in the house.   I let it go in the garden. 

It was tiny, black with a little red/orange marking. 

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Do you have to pay them to visit you Lizzie ?? Or maybe, your bribing them to leave your premises ?smile2

 

Think it could be a Mayfly larvae.

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1 hour ago, Beekay said:

 

Think it could be a Mayfly larvae.

Ok, maybe you’re right.  I’ve been googling and it looks like a ‘ladybug’ but always thought that was the American terminology for our ladybirds.   Also, larvae don’t crawl and have 6 legs ....... do they?  

I got Biology ‘O’ Level  too :crazy:

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I had an enormous bumblebee visit this morning, sounded like a Vulcan bomber. Had to put boys in front room as they were trying to catch it. Finally managed to catch it in my spider catching jar and let it go outside. Few minutes later it (or one of its white b*mmed mates) was in again. Went through same procedure but gave it a good talking to and let it go over the fence into my neighbours garden.

 

Do the different coloured b*ms show what hive they are from I wonder? I do like bees especially bumblebees, always look as if they shouldn’t be able to fly really.

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They defy all the laws of aerodynamics SG. Nonna offers 'em a drink and Lizzie bribes em to leave . ;)

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16 hours ago, LizzieM said:

It was tiny, black with a little red/orange marking. 

Lizzie, It is what used to be called a "Ladaybird Nigger". It's a ladybird larva and should be placed onto any plant that has greenfly. They are voracious greenfly eaters, scoffing up to 25 aphids per day. A  really good garden insect to have.

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13 hours ago, Stavertongirl said:

Do the different coloured b*ms show what hive they are from I wonder?

 

Stavertongirl: The diiferent colour bums indicate their species.

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On the subject of insects - I found one of these in the garden a couple of years ago. 'er indoors said "Is it shouting "Help me!"

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14 minutes ago, Compo said:

Lizzie, It is what used to be called a "Ladaybird Nigger". It's a ladybird larva and should be placed onto any plant that has greenfly. They are voracious greenfly eaters, scoffing up to 25 aphids per day. A  really good garden insect to have.

Thanks Compo, wonder why it had come into the house, no greenfly in here, maybe it had hitched a lift on the dog.  Interesting info, must say I’ve never seen one before, I just placed it gently on the patio so hope it found it’s next meal.  

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Day not going too well...have a huge mouth ulcer just inside my bottom lip and my face is swollen.  I was looking forward to a couple of pints in 'spoons 'safto, too.

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Mam always put table salt on a mouth ulcer, stings like a bugger for a few minutes but actually seem to work.

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22 hours ago, LizzieM said:

As ‘Hows Your Day’ has developed into a topic on creepy crawlies I’m wondering if anyone can identify this little creature that I found earlier today crawling up a door frame in the house.   I let it go in the garden. 

It was tiny, black with a little red/orange marking. 

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Looks a little like the insects we have but ours are bright red. They seem to all gather together and try to cover the wall. Shall have to look closer at them when they are about.

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It'll be a bit shorter tomorrow, though !

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Been looking forward to the longest day but now I will miss it.

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Has anyone noticed how the nights are drawing in ??   :rolleyes:

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6 hours ago, Compo said:

have a huge mouth ulcer just inside my bottom lip and my face is swollen.

I sympathise, compo. I suffered from them regularly when I was younger. My dentist said they were a scourge for many women as they were linked to the menstrual cycle. I grew out of it but doubt it explains your predicament! Speedy recovery.

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1 hour ago, denshaw said:

My day is very long today.

 

1 hour ago, MargieH said:

It'll be a bit shorter tomorrow, though !

 

1 hour ago, Beekay said:

Has anyone noticed how the nights are drawing in ??   :rolleyes:

 

And there's only one more Bank Holiday between now and Christmas.

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I know you have had a lot of rain lately over there. Saw today somewhere that a heatwave is coming next week. Starting June 30 we will be in Ireland for 4 weeks, so thought we'd look at the long-range weather forecast. Maybe shouldn't have. Rain forecast every day. Quack quack.

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1 hour ago, katyjay said:

I know you have had a lot of rain lately over there. Saw today somewhere that a heatwave is coming next week. Starting June 30 we will be in Ireland for 4 weeks, so thought we'd look at the long-range weather forecast. Maybe shouldn't have. Rain forecast every day. Quack quack.

It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing Katyjay, get a flight over to Notts, be good to see you again.

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14 hours ago, Compo said:

Day not going too well...have a huge mouth ulcer just inside my bottom lip and my face is swollen.  I was looking forward to a couple of pints in 'spoons 'safto, too.

 

Bonjela.  It can be painful when applied, but it works.  I find best thing is to dry the affected area, put the Bonjela on and keep area dry for as long as poss.. which may be only a minute or so as it's in 'yer gob.  Repeat as necessary.

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