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Slave77
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:43 am    Post subject: Large brown beetle-ID please Reply with quote

Ok so this guy I haven't seen before, large chunky, over an inch long, found him wandering on the fleece on veg bed.... Anyone put me outa my misery and tell me he's a good guy and may possibly eat New Zealand flat worm ? Wink


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a Cockchafer to me. Also called a may bug, around these parts it's called a brown bee. The grubs eat the roots of everything, so not a good guy to have around.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a Cockchafer, or May bug. The larvae eat plant roots. Sorry.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow lucky me, I have a right old circus of pests don't I Rolling Eyes

Thanks guys, I can just hear ye breathe sighs of relief that it ain't ye having to post these pest problems..... I have couch grass too tagwex, I feel your pain Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No positive human benefit has been attributed to the Cockchafer, Adults generally only cause damage when they are found in extremely large populations. Larvae, however, are reviled in gardens and farms everywhere they inhabit. This is because the larvae gorge themselves for over 3 years on the fresh rootlets of plants and trees. Im sure their roll in life and their contribution to the natural world is more important than ours so enjoy this exoctic insect, report your findings to biodiversity ireland.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear you Greengage, but won't she just lay eggs which in turn will haunt me and my veg for the next 3 years Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should borrow good guys size 12 hobnails and that would be an end to it!
Are you sure it is a she?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tagwex are you sure it's not a she??? Laughing after my "eventful" week getting to know my soil and it's inhabitants, the inevitable crunch of said cockchafer meeting a size 12 would just make all the heebeejeebees worse
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP
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