Tuesday, 3 April 2012
C is for Cockchafer
Rather stuck as to what to choose for the letter C, I opened the dictionary at C and chose a word at random. And here it is. Cockchafer. It may sound like an uncomfortable men's undergarment, but it is in fact "a large, grey-brown beetle", with particularly unappealing offspring (see picture). But then lots of babies are only attractive to their parents, so I mustn't be too unkind.
They are also known as May bugs, and this brought back a chidhood memory. My mother was plagued by these things flying through her bedroom window one night, so she caught them up in paper tissues (just for the time being, you understand) and threw them out of the window. The next morning (having quite forgotten yessterday's invasion) she was puzzled to find little white parcels scattered all over the lawn, each containing a neatly-wrapped beetle.
Ah...happy days. I still miss her.