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Shield bug   a goody from the photo looks like Elasmostethus interstinctus.  The last few letters say it all as I believ these bugs can exude some real stinky fluid.

Sign of global warming ???????????????????  Usually about in August.  Did you disturb it from it's slumbers?

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Just now, Piebob said:

Stink bug I think

That's the name they are given, some of the species deliver a seriously potent fluid.   If you think I'm a smart Alec, no further from the truth as all details in my

The Observers Book of Common British Insect & Spiders circa early 50s as a birthday present.

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9 minutes ago, Walker570 said:

That's the name they are given, some of the species deliver a seriously potent fluid.   If you think I'm a smart Alec, no further from the truth as all details in my

The Observers Book of Common British Insect & Spiders circa early 50s as a birthday present.

Not thinking that at all, no.  I clicked on reply then got distracted for a few minutes chatting away and by that time you had posted the proper answer before me!!

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My daughter has them on the allotment all the time. Shield bugs.

She says they're harmless, I hope that's true.

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That's one of the problems, butterflies and insects come into the home during autumn, go to sleep and then we turn on the heating and they think it is summer again. I have had three tortoishell butterflies flitting about my study all week.  Occasionally a big old queen wasp will wake up or as last year a beautiful queen hornet but fortunately end of March so I let her go.

If you have an old place like ours you never stop hoovering up cluster flies. We keep a vaccuum in the loft just for that job.

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our woodland was absolutely alive with them for about a month last year , and i can confirm that they stink something awful if you hold one too tightly.

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3 minutes ago, Walker570 said:

That's one of the problems, butterflies and insects come into the home during autumn, go to sleep and then we turn on the heating and they think it is summer again. I have had three tortoishell butterflies flitting about my study all week.  Occasionally a big old queen wasp will wake up or as last year a beautiful queen hornet but fortunately end of March so I let her go.

If you have an old place like ours you never stop hoovering up cluster flies. We keep a vaccuum in the loft just for that job.

we have the queen wasp issue . ill bring the wood from the store and leave it by the fire , when it gets warm , the queen wasps wake up and fly at the window like a guided missile , they dont concern me too much , but lin leaves the room in a hysterical whirlwind :lol:

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1 hour ago, mel b3 said:

we have the queen wasp issue . ill bring the wood from the store and leave it by the fire , when it gets warm , the queen wasps wake up and fly at the window like a guided missile , they dont concern me too much , but lin leaves the room in a hysterical whirlwind 

Please video this next time!:w00t:

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3 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

Please video this next time!:w00t:

youve never seen anything like it :lol:. my daughters ex boyfriend had a similar technique for dealing with wasps , he would run around hysterically whilst windmilling his arms .  his defence was that hed never been stung , so it must work :lol:.

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Gordon Bennett, that is some rare logic!:rolleyes:

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