Monday, June 21, 2010

Ew gross


grub
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Anyone know what this grub is, other than an ENORMO-GRUB? Found on my mum's allotment while digging up some potatoes, which were yum by the way, thanks for asking.
UPDATE: My mum suggested it might be a Cockchafer grub, which indeed looks quite likely. Also, haha, rude. Other suggestions have included June Bug, or, suggested by Father in Law: "more likely Rose Chafer or ssp Cetonia cuprea or C. aeruginosa. We've got just the same in our compost - Sign of a healthy, well-composted soil. Quite harmless, to be encouraged. Do not eat" Hurrah! Also, okay then, I will not eat.

ANOTHER UPDATE: much prettier grub found on allotment:

13 comments:

Tim Footman said...

It’s a pound coin.

(Shut up, it’s what the rest of you were thinking.)

james henry said...

TAXI FOR FOOTMAN.

Christopher said...

Well! You didn't give us long! We've got just the same in our compost - your Mum's on the right track: they're chafer larvae, but more likely Rose Chafer or ssp Cetonia cuprea or C. aeruginosa. Sign of a healthy, well-composted soil. Quite harmless, to be encouraged. Do not eat.

james henry said...

Oh good! Mother attempted to put it on one side 'for the birds', but I felt guilty, so chucked it in hedge instead.

Garry Judd said...

We used to get swarms of chaffers (for that is what we call them) when they'd all emerge on the same evening. Not seen that for a few years.

james henry said...

Ooh exciting, maybe I should set up a little chair and wait...

moreidlethoughts said...

Toss it to the chooks (hens)and watch them fight over it.

cello said...

Blue Kitten looking adorable, despite potato leaf tucked behind her ear.

Anonymous said...

Blue Kitten just be-a-utiful.
Nugglymammoo

james henry said...

Cello: actually she does look like she has a potato leaf growing out of her head, but I've checked, and this is not in fact the case.

Thanks Nug.

Eleanor said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cock_chafers

Oh, a May Bug! T'ch. Why didn't you say so.

I was going to suggest beetle or moth larvae, but I'm a bit late.

Eleanor said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetonia_aurata

Ooh... Rose Chafer's are pretty.

Not as beautiful as Blue Kitten though.

Imo said...

We get slow worms in our garden - can't decide if they are marginally better then getting giant grubs!