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#1260 - 15/08/06 02:21 AM infestation of tiny black insects
Tony A Offline
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Registered: 30/07/06
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Tony and I did the C2C in July. Picknicking roadside on a hot Sunday five miles or so before Danby Wiske, we found ourselves covered in tiny (2mm. long), slender black insects --no wings, but they did walk, so must have legs. They infested our clothing, backpacks -- everywhere. We continued to brush them off ourselves and each other for the next couple of hours and couldn't wait to get in the shower. Does anyone know what they are?

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#1261 - 15/08/06 06:51 AM Re: infestation of tiny black insects
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Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 2013
Loc: Stafford
Tony, if it was humid they were thunder bugs ( also known as thrups or some such name )

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#1262 - 15/08/06 07:37 AM Re: infestation of tiny black insects
Kate's Dad Offline
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Registered: 23/06/05
Posts: 274
Loc: Derbyshire
Yes, I'll go with Thunder flys - completely harmlous but irritating. Now does that description remind you of anybody?

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#1263 - 15/08/06 08:51 AM Re: infestation of tiny black insects
Deborah & Gwen Offline
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Registered: 28/04/06
Posts: 12
Loc: Sheffield and Mid Wales
Yes - those were definately thunder flies. We encountered them too, all across the vale of Mowbray, and especially as we came into Danby Wiske.

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#1264 - 15/08/06 12:10 PM Re: infestation of tiny black insects
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Registered: 13/07/03
Posts: 6
Loc: UK
Not sure whether same insects or not but very often when farmers are harvesting corn tiny black insects tend to swarm and cover anybody and anything for miles around. Completely harmless also.

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#1265 - 16/08/06 08:07 AM Re: infestation of tiny black insects
Tony A Offline
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Registered: 30/07/06
Posts: 7
Thanks for your replies. This was very helpful as we worried we may have been infesting a whole series of hotels and B&Bs on our route (perhaps we were!). Anyway thunder flies sound like common insects of the summer. We'll mention them again in our diary (the first few days are now posted on www.landandseaimages.com and I see that many others have put theirs on the web also). Good for you.

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