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insect warfare / pirates of Witney

This morning I got in to discover wide open windows and tiny dead flies all over my desk. Neither pigeons nor burgalars appeared to have noticed. This time. The tiny dead fly effect is produced by something banging against the light fitting overhead; the cleaner, probably. which may have been accidental. You never know.

In Witney, there is a Pirate Fitness Studio, with a cheerful skull and crossbones for its logo. I looked up just too late to get a photo. Sandwich de Witney has boring cheese.

On the way to my last meeting with current boss I saw three white doves perched over a lintel, and two crows in a lime tree. On the way back, a magpie flew across the roundabout ahead of the bus and, as we went over the toll bridge, there were two swans fighting in the river, apparently to the death, and then another magpie shot in front of the bus from right to left on the outskirts of Botley. Time to go home and rattle my charms.

This just in: aliens may simply have been trying to boost the skylark population.

Comments

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ceciley
9th Jun, 2004 10:53 (UTC)
Have you seen the blue fluffy flies?
cleanskies
10th Jun, 2004 03:07 (UTC)
you mean
these guys?

http://entomology.unl.edu/images/blowflies/blubottle_fly3.jpg
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/blowflies/blubottle_fly.jpg

Yes indeedy. I had a dead blackbird in my back garden last week, in fact, so I've seen f***ing loads of them.

Nasty, nasty, nasty.
ceciley
10th Jun, 2004 03:30 (UTC)
YAK
But happily, not those ones. The blue ones i've seen are the size of the fruit-flies hanging around, and furry. Light blue furry, its quite tasteful. The first i saw i thought it was moudly, but they can;t all be moudly.

This has to be the worst time all year so far to have a dead blackbird issue. What did it die of?
cleanskies
10th Jun, 2004 05:03 (UTC)
my enquiring scientific mind
does not extend to poking maggoty corpses for evidence of foul play; occam's razor suggests cat or disease.

So no, I've not seen your blue furry flies. How strange ...
cleanskies
10th Jun, 2004 05:37 (UTC)
you mean little little fuzzy pale greyish things like these?
cleanskies
10th Jun, 2004 05:42 (UTC)
they're pretty common
but it's more usual to see them in black or brown. They grow in the gunk in drains so I wouldn't recommend petting them no matter how furry.
ceciley
10th Jun, 2004 08:09 (UTC)
Darn.
There was me thinking they were the photogenic kitten of the fly world. Their choice of accomodation would suggest otherwise. Have you ever tried to stroke a bumble bee? They're really soft and cute. They could make a nice summer jacket if you skinned enough.
cleanskies
10th Jun, 2004 09:13 (UTC)
Re: Darn.
> have you ever tried to stroke a bumble bee?

No, I don't think they'd appreciate it. I don't think they'd appreciate being skinned either ... and anyway, bees have exoskeletons; it'd be more like furry armour.

I have put my hand on a bumble bee, but not in a stroking sort of way, and it ended badly (both for me and the bee).
ceciley
10th Jun, 2004 10:09 (UTC)
The Natural History Museum has an ad in the Guardian asking "Where did all the bumblebees go?". Its part of the, erm, celebrations surrounding National Insect Week (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre/live/calendarpages/theme_insectweek.html) since you ask. But i think they may want to speak to you...
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