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To think thunder flies are the scourge of the British summer?

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mycatlikestwiglets Tue 29-Jul-14 14:27:12

Itchy little fuckers are everywhere today. I have been driven out of my garden and back into my very noisy house where workmen are. I actually think that when humankind is extinct it may be thunderflies that take over the earth

Salmotrutta Tue 29-Jul-14 14:28:52

I have no idea what a thunderfly is but I'm sure you are not unreasonable.


RoganJosh Tue 29-Jul-14 14:30:12

Wherabouts in the country do they appear? My bit of Yorkshire seems ok so far <looks about nervously>

ThatBloodyWoman Tue 29-Jul-14 14:31:35


Wasps are....

Cereal0ffender Tue 29-Jul-14 14:32:34

Are they harvesting near you? They tend to descent when the crops are disturbed. I hate them

PrimalLass Tue 29-Jul-14 14:33:01

Ah yes. We call them corn bugs, because they seem to come out when the corn is ripe.

pippistrelle Tue 29-Jul-14 14:33:27

I don't know what they are. Therefore they may not be the scourge of the British summer outside your back garden.

Cereal0ffender Tue 29-Jul-14 14:34:04

We once camped next to a field of the fuckers

0dd Tue 29-Jul-14 14:34:05

I've no idea what thunder flies are either.

I don't want to google in case there's close up pics.

Janethegirl Tue 29-Jul-14 14:34:47

Try ants, the little fuckers are driving me nuts.

Andrewofgg Tue 29-Jul-14 14:39:11

They probably think the same of us. Mean fuckers, swatting them and cutting down their habitat for our food!

offtoseethewizard64 Tue 29-Jul-14 14:45:28

We were plagued with them on Saturday - but none since.
My DD hates them as they crawl on her face and she is disabled and not able to brush them off so I spent all day in the garden trying to get them off her
So they are the bane of my life too - them and wasps.

SweetPeaPods Tue 29-Jul-14 14:51:50

We call them thunder bugs. They seem to love white or yellow tops. They are very annoying! I've spotted loads of wasps today, keep having to close the windows. Thankfully seem to have got rid of the flying ants. Boo to nature kill them all!

5Foot5 Tue 29-Jul-14 14:55:59

Oh God I haven't seen them for years but I grew up in a very rural part of Lincolnshire and I remember what irritating little fuckers they are round about harvest time. We used to call them "men of (w)root" incidentally.

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 29-Jul-14 14:57:02

Thanks Salmotrutta grin.

I tried to take a photo but the iPhone wasn't up to it. They're the tiny black flies that look like this: -

and are crawly annoying itchy little blighters

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 29-Jul-14 14:57:55

I'm in the South East btw. They aren't confined to my garden!

pippistrelle Tue 29-Jul-14 15:30:04

I've googled so now I think I know what they are, and I do recall them from when I was a kid, and they were annoying as hell. Haven't seen any for ages though but I live in a city now, and I didn't when I was a kid.

weegiemum Tue 29-Jul-14 15:32:47


Midges are the worst!

wafflyversatile Tue 29-Jul-14 15:41:02

not really considering I have no idea what a thunder fly is.

wafflyversatile Tue 29-Jul-14 15:42:17

oh, corn lice.

I've had worse years. I was by a wheat field last week and there were a few around. I'm not keen, I admit.

dottyaboutstripes Tue 29-Jul-14 15:43:05

We have millions here and they are driving us insane. In Norfolk

PterodactylTeaParty Tue 29-Jul-14 15:50:36

Seconding midges. I was outside for about twenty seconds walking from car to door the other day, and I count fourteen itchy red bites now. Bastards.

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 29-Jul-14 15:52:45

See I haven't seen a midge in years but thunderflies (or corn lice <lice-related shudder>) are everywhere here atm. They've been mildly irritating for a couple of weeks but today they've gone to plague status IMO

chemenger Tue 29-Jul-14 16:02:29

Harvest mites are the worst. They are attracted to elastic somehow so I end up with lines of incredibly itchy, weepy bites along underwear lines. They also love the backs of knees and inside of elbows. Nobody else in the family gets bitten except the cat and she is horribly allergic and pulls all the fur out of her tummy, usually needs steroids and antibiotics and generally costs a fortune. I have just read up about them and apparently they can be so localised that only one or two gardens in a village have them. So why me?

softlysoftly Tue 29-Jul-14 16:04:08

I had a thread on the little fuckers last week they are horrible!

I found one on my NIPPLE as I was trying to get DD3 latched shock

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