Thursday, 28 April 2011

clover mites

lottie and i were walking along the top of a short brick wall today and noticed a mass of tiny scarlet red bugs crawling on the brickwork...i told lottie they used to fascinate me when i was little but i never knew what they were called...back then, if you wanted to discover something you had to go to the library (and my local library circa.1978 was not the most brilliant of reference sites) or consult your family encyclopedia volumes or write to the national history museum (once you'd rang directory enquiries to get their address) but now we have the internet and so after a ignorant wait of 33 years i now know these teeny things are called clover mites...harmless to humans, only eating vegetable matter.

i bet a lot of you didn't know that either

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