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First spiders - Now a plague of 200 billion giant daddy long legs are on the way

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Know a few people who hate them! Warnings have been issued after experts predicted up to 200 billions daddy-long-legs will hatch this autumn. Daddy-long-legs, also known as crane flies, have had… Read More
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[mod] 10m, 1w agoPosted 10 months, 1 week ago
Know a few people who hate them!

Warnings have been issued after experts predicted up to 200 billions daddy-long-legs will hatch this autumn.

Daddy-long-legs, also known as crane flies, have had the perfect weather with a combination of heat and rain allowing them to grow their numbers.

It is also expected that a number of the species will be Tipula maxima, which can grow up to four inches.

http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/128/590x/secondary/daddy-long-legs-351647.jpg

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Trying to swat them like...

https://66.media.tumblr.com/4b060292691d2a8939c91953b7ea93d4/tumblr_mz5rl31UOi1st18yzo1_400.gif
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[mod] 10m, 1w agoPosted 10 months, 1 week ago
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1 Like #1
insects lives matter :D
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DarkEnergy2012
insects lives matter :D

oO In b4 everything
[mod][COMMUNITY SUPPORT] 2 Likes #3
Ruined my day! I'm not having this! Haha.

Edited By: crisscross on Sep 14, 2016 14:17
7 Likes #4
but if they don't bite or sting why swat it, probably only lives for a week anyway

release your inner Buddhist & love all living things...apart from wasps obviously X)
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DarkEnergy2012
but if they don't bite or sting why swat it, probably only lives for a week anyway
release your inner Buddhist & love all living things...apart from wasps obviously X)
Wasp lives don`t matter :( ?
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DarkEnergy2012
but if they don't bite or sting why swat it, probably only lives for a week anyway
release your inner Buddhist & love all living things...apart from wasps obviously X)

Luckily, I'm too scared to swat them! If they remained stationary, I wouldn't mind - it's the buzzing noise they make when they're on the move *shudders*
[mod] 3 Likes #7
DarkEnergy2012
but if they don't bite or sting why swat it, probably only lives for a week anyway
release your inner Buddhist & love all living things...apart from wasps obviously X)

Release my inner Hadouken, especially on wasps.
#8
don't mind um the cause no harm

I've killed about 10 huge spiders upto now
#9
not on their way they have been here for weeks :(
3 Likes #10
I'm busy teaching my toddler not to be afraid of any insects or spiders or the like - though caution of wasps and similar insects is fine, of course. She likes looking at them, watching what they do. I caught a few Cicada's and Mantis' on holiday, holding them in my hand then letting them fly or wander away. She found that fascinating. In reality, an awful lot of these little critters either can't hurt us, or won't unless we're very aggressive towards them. Wasps are a different matter :|


Edited By: scrumpypaul on Sep 14, 2016 14:57
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Harmless little things. Just make a cup shape with your hands, scope them up and let them out the window.
1 Like #13
More food for the spiders then. Will expect some large obese spiders walking / shuffling around the house then.
#14
It's times like this I miss having a yellow pages to throw at them.
#15
200 billion??? Lol seriously? that'll be about 3000 per person in the UK (I'm guessing the story is for the UK)
#16
MrScotchBonnet
Harmless little things. Just make a cup shape with your hands, scope them up and let them out the window.
Oh god no, I really detest them. I know I am a grown woman who should know better , and I managed to fake dealing with them so my kids grew up not to mind them, but I have this overriding fear that if I try and capture the scrawny little things to release them outside , their legs will fall off and I will have maimed them for their short lives. :(
#18
tinkerbellian
MrScotchBonnet
Harmless little things. Just make a cup shape with your hands, scope them up and let them out the window.
Oh god no, I really detest them. I know I am a grown woman who should know better , and I managed to fake dealing with them so my kids grew up not to mind them, but I have this overriding fear that if I try and capture the scrawny little things to release them outside , their legs will fall off and I will have maimed them for their short lives. :(

Same with these guys, the other Daddy Long Legs:

http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article4200452.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Daddy-Long-Legs-spider.jpg
#19
I don't like spiders but I'm fine with these guys. Just leave them, they'll eventually commit suicide.
http://i.imgur.com/RlwFa2a.gif
#20
DarkEnergy2012
but if they don't bite or sting why swat it, probably only lives for a week anyway
release your inner Buddhist & love all living things...apart from wasps obviously X)
You do realise DE that this whole insect phobia thing is an American(Trump) invention ?
#22
These are perfect if you have large fish. Goldfish and tropicals love them (_;)
#23
As long as they don't start cross breeding with mosquitoes, I dont care.
#25
I really hope they got the numbers wrong

I want 500 billion
#27
I'd take them over spiders all day
1 Like #29
Took my little 15 month old daughter into the garden this afternoon to see a crane fly close up. I let her touch its wings gently a couple of times. Then it fluttered off and settled a foot away. I think it is important, as well as fun and educational, to let kids see critters like these and learn that they do - in the main - no harm. I also showed her about half a dozen spiders, mainly just small ones.

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