17 Jun 2010


APOLOGIES. I'm throwing myself on your mercy here, begging for your forgiveness.

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.


BookQuoter said...

Nice to know. Now I can be a windshield CSI and impress my husband :)

chitra said...

You posts are always full of information.

congrats for those awards.

Vivienne said...

YOu make me laugh. Where did you find this information?

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Huh. We only ever get bird droppings on our windshield...what do you think that's rated?

Dorte H said...

You don´t believe you are sitting there posting this - but who else would give us this valuable information? LOL

Karen said...

In FL twice a year we have Love Bug season...tiny black flying things that come out en masse to mate then die. They are EVERYWHERE for two weeks and the FL heat makes them fly into your car - when they splat and die on your windshield and car grill they leave an acid type substance all over your car that eats the paint!
They are small on the "splat" scale but still a big pain in the a**!!

Traci said...

Isn't it amazing what people will study!! Pretty interesting stuff, however.

P.S. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one behind on an awards post -- I have had a half written post for a couple of weeks as I plot out all the passings on!

Alyce said...

Congratulations on the awards! Every once in a while I manage to mess up a pre-scheduled post, so I completely understand your frustration.

Alexia561 said...

Congratulations on all of your awards! All very well deserved!

Hope Husband dearest is behaving himself and resting up. Men usually make bad patients, so hope he's the exception to the rule! ;)

The bug splatter stats are too funny! Ever have a mosquito who just fed splat into your windsheild? A nice bright spot of blood right in the middle of your window! Ick! *L*

Kelly said...

I remember reading a mystery once where the killer was found out because of a specific bug that was found on the front grill of the vehicle they drove. Something about the bug only appearing at a certain time of the year in a specific location, thus pinpointing the "killer" was in the right place at the right time (or some such....).

Anyway... interesting post!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

COngrats on all of your well-deserved awards! Love your blog:)
B xxx

Alyce said...

I had a huge bug splat across my window on the drive home today and thought of this post. :) I have no clue what it was, but I'd give it a 4.5 rating.

purplume said...

You are very welcome for your award.
I love the splats. I haven't heard of those first two bugs. XD

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Love this. :) And love the new look too. :)