Jump to content

Hornets


lilbill15
 Share

Recommended Posts

“Horse flies love damp areas and hot weather. During the summermonths, you're likely to find them in pasturelands near creeks, damp woodlands and in long grasses. According to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, peak horsefly season is between May and September”.  Due to Cousin @Keith Batey’ s diligence I have found out the wee ferocious beasties weren’t hornets after all but a particularly aggressive swarm of horseflies! I didn’t know there’s a whole range of them and was fooled by the yellowish brown colour. Cuzzie Keith insisted I should take a closer look at horseflies on Google and he was absolutely right, all the information fitted. It’s now over 2 weeks since I was bitten twice on my right ankle and I’m still scratching (currently got my feet in a foot spa laced with Epsom salts and lavender oil) A whole new experience for me; I grew up knowing and fearing “clegs ”, but these buggers were a totally different experience and vicious with it! It’ll be Winter when I venture out to the remains of Puce Bush Farm again 🥺!

6BCAEDE7-B6E6-4DF6-90E2-E3FC392501A8.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Vicious little beggars! ... and not always so 'little'. I've seen them almost 3 cm long. Here's a true story:

The local name for horse flies here is "klägg" (pronounced 'clegg'). In my first job here the boss asked me to nip down to the corner bakery and by a dozen buns for the afternoon coffee break. I asked if he wanted any particular sort. Imagine my surprise when he answered "just get anything with klägg in it or on it". 

I wandered off to the bakery agog with anticipation expecting to be introduced to some new scandinavian delicacy and in my mind I was imagining something akin to sweet mincemeat. The bakery staff had a good laugh when I asked for buns with anything made from kläggs. I learned a new word: klägg also meant 'something sticky' like, jam, cream or soft icing. Compare the lovely geordie word 'claggy'. I think it may have come with the vikings.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hiya @Canny lass! Yes, absolutely, that’s where I came unstuck! I’d seen cleggs, knew what they looked like and many a time in childhood ran screaming from these evil monsters 😱xx The beasties who attacked me bore no resemblance to the cleggs I had encountered. Yellowish brown, gang warfare, didn’t know wtf they were. Guessed at hornets but my hero CuzzieKeith made me investigate further and I’ve isolated the beasties; definitely one of the many manifestations of horsefly. It’s 3 weeks since the attack and I’m still scratching, irritated and hating the little buggers 🤬. 🎶I’ll no more a-roving go🎶- cleggs are the the thugs of the insect community and I’m a victim of the evil beasties of nature 😫xxR 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create a free account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

Hide Adverts


  • Latest News

    • Get the latest Northumberland news and updates delivered straight to your inbox
      All they want to do is cradle their newborn baby in their arms.
      But Bedlington parents Carly Walker and Ryan Murphy have been forced to watch from the sidelines as their daughter fights for her life.
      Little Ayda Faith Murphy was born prematurely on March 31, weighing just 4lbs, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
      Rushed for her first operation straight after birth and another at just four days old, she's battling terrifying odds after being diagnosed with a series of incredibly rare birth defects.
      An almost unique variant of gastroschisis, a defect of the abdominal wall, has left her intestines pushing up into her chest - a condition doctors estimate is suffered by no more than 10 babies worldwide.
      Meanwhile, her heart appears to have flipped over and lies on the wrong side of her chest, while she's receiving oxygen from a machine due to her underdeveloped lungs.
      Keep up-to-date with all the latest news in the county by visiting our Northumberland Live homepage.
      You can sign up to our daily Northumberland newsletter here.
      Facebook: Here's our main Northumberland page.
      Twitter: You can follow the Northumberland Live page here.
      Find The Journal's Northumberland editions on the British Newspaper Archive here.

  • Popular Now

  • Latest Topics

×
×
  • Create New...