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 Post subject: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:00 pm 
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My little lad recently did a school project on "Mini Beasts" or insects to people older than 30 and it got me wondering what has happened to Earwigs and Silverfish as Ive not seen either one for years. Are they still about or have the mysteriously vanished???

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 Post subject: Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:22 pm 
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I've got a thriving colony of silverfish... :|
According to Jaffka, I've got dirty spaces... :(

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What the feck's a silverfish? :conf:

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It is a very primitive (pre insect) but gorgeous creature. It flows, bends and moves like shit off a shovel, all in a matt silver velvety movement.

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Bruce Rioja wrote:
What the feck's a silverfish? :conf:


what dirty bastards have in their houses


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Like a little slug - leaves a slimy trail whereever it has been

Does it feck

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What the feck's a silverfish? :conf:


what dirty bastards have in their houses

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Like a little slug - leaves a slimy trail whereever it has been

Does it feck


Look it up

They secrete a mucus which then hardens to form the trail that the feckers leave behind

I have no idea what you think a silverfish is, but they move too fast to leave slimy trails.

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And I've no need to 'look them up'. I'm dirty enough to have them cohabiting...

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Whatever happened to tangerines?? These days its satsumas or clementines. Not a tangerine to be had.

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 Post subject: Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?
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Chirpy wrote:
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Chirpy wrote:
Like a little slug - leaves a slimy trail whereever it has been

Does it feck


Look it up

They secrete a mucus which then hardens to form the trail that the feckers leave behind


OK, I don't recall ever having seen one of these things in my entire life.

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By the way, If you leave a house brick out in the garden there will, without a doubt, be purpley grey oval things underneath it. What are they called? :conf:

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Bruce Rioja wrote:
Chirpy wrote:
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Chirpy wrote:
Like a little slug - leaves a slimy trail whereever it has been

Does it feck


Look it up

They secrete a mucus which then hardens to form the trail that the feckers leave behind


OK, I don't recall ever having seen one of these things in my entire life.

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By the way, If you leave a house brick out in the garden there will, without a doubt, be purpley grey oval things underneath it. What are they called? :conf:


Woodlouse?

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 Post subject: Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?
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Is that what they'e called? Why do they live between bricks then? But yes, that's um.

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Bruce Rioja wrote:
Is that what they'e called? Why do they live between bricks then? But yes, that's um.


kin el Bruce what sort of a sheltered life have you had not to recognise a wood louse?


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We call them woodbugs

Earwigs I see but not i the same numbers I did growing up. For that matter, same goes for the woodbugs.


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There are still sugar-stealers and spinning jennies about I suppose, but I just don't see as many of them. Not been too good a year for butterflies either.

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Is that what they'e called? Why do they live between bricks then? But yes, that's um.


kin el Bruce what sort of a sheltered life have you had not to recognise a wood louse?


Que? I recognise them (in that I actually described them), I just didn't know what they're called (other than those purpley oval things that you find under bricks)

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Bruce Rioja wrote:
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Is that what they'e called? Why do they live between bricks then? But yes, that's um.


kin el Bruce what sort of a sheltered life have you had not to recognise a wood louse?


Que? I recognise them (in that I actually described them), I just didn't know what they're called (other than those purpley oval things that you find under bricks)


They mostly hang out together in rotting wood logs - which is why they're called woodlice. The ones you are describing are a lesser known cousin to the woodlouse: Boltonia pediculus chaviculus, the Bolton bricklouse.

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