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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Here's a remarkable article taken from L'Atmosphere: meteorologie populaire by Camille Flammarion on a plague of cockchafers that struck Galway in 1688.

    "In 1688, they formed so dense a cloud in Galway, that the sky was darkened to the distance of a league and the peasants had a difficult in finding their way about. They destroyed all vegetation, so that the country around had the look of winter. Their voracious jaws made a noise like that caused by the sawing of the timber and in the evening the flapping of their wings resembled the distant rolling of a drum. The unhappy Irish were compelled to cook and eat them for want of other food."

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  • Location: Cheddar Valley, 20mtrs asl
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  • Location: Cheddar Valley, 20mtrs asl

    The title of this thread sounds like a dodgy hammer house of horror...

    I loathe May bugs, a plague of em sounds like hell on earth; wonder what caused it.

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