What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

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What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by wigan white » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:00 pm

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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by jaffka » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:22 pm

silverfish are, in dirty places

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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:30 pm

I've got a thriving colony of silverfish... :|
According to Jaffka, I've got dirty spaces... :(
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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Bruce Rioja » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:57 pm

What the feck's a silverfish? :conf:
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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:05 pm

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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by jaffka » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:05 pm

Bruce Rioja wrote:What the feck's a silverfish? :conf:
what dirty bastards have in their houses

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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:06 pm

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

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:07 pm

jaffka wrote:
Bruce Rioja wrote:What the feck's a silverfish? :conf:
what dirty bastards have in their houses
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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:14 pm

Chirpy wrote:
Lost Leopard Spot wrote:
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
I have no idea what you think a silverfish is, but they move too fast to leave slimy trails.
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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:15 pm

And I've no need to 'look them up'. I'm dirty enough to have them cohabiting...
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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Bijou Bob » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:49 pm

Whatever happened to tangerines?? These days its satsumas or clementines. Not a tangerine to be had.
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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Bruce Rioja » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:52 pm

Chirpy wrote:
Lost Leopard Spot wrote:
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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Annoyed Grunt » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:10 pm

Bruce Rioja wrote:
Chirpy wrote:
Lost Leopard Spot wrote:
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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Bruce Rioja » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:13 pm

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

Post by jaffka » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:08 pm

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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by seanworth » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:12 am

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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Hoboh » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:20 am

Ladybirds made a come back this year

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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by TANGODANCER » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:25 am

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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Bruce Rioja » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:20 am

jaffka wrote:
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?
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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Re: What has happened to earwigs and silverfish?

Post by Lost Leopard Spot » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:38 am

Bruce Rioja wrote:
jaffka wrote:
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?
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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