Trying to be oh so clever I thought I'd put all my May awards in one post, scheduling it to appear at the beginning of June. At least that was the idea, 'best laid plans' and all that, it didn't appear and now I've managed to delete it (don't ask how as I haven't the 'foggiest'), so many, many thanks to PURPLUME, CHRISTIEJOLU, ALEXIA, BOOK QUOTER, ODDYODDYO 13, JENN and JACABUR1 all of whom kindly gave me awards last month.
I don't believe I'm sitting here posting this, I really don't. Possibly one of the most bizarre things I've ever had the pleasure to bring you.
It may be tiny, but t is one of the biggest irritations for motorists. The HAWK MOTH has been named as the insect most likely to cause frustration for motorists as they hit windscreens, cloud headlights and, because of their size, leave a considerable mess.
An ecologist, one Greg Masters, has created a 'splatometer' - a bug-guide - and given ratings to the 'splat' that the insects are likely to create.
Created for a car accessory retailer, the guide does have a serious side (honest) for figures from the Department For Transport suggest that dirty windscreens accounted for 163 accidents and 6 fatalities on British roads last year.
So just what are the top 10 on the splatometer and what are their 'splat' ratings out of 5:-
- Hawk moth (5)
- Chafer beetle (4)
- Hornet (4)
- Wasp (3)
- Honey bee (3)
- Flies (2)
- Midges (alone, 1, in a swarm, 5)
- Mosquitoes (alone, 1, in a swarm, 5)
- Aphids (2)
- Peacock & Red Admiral butterflies (0).
N.B. Police have advised drivers to keep windscreens and headlights clean or face a fine of up to £1000.