Cornish Yarn Chafer, Launch and Lovers

02 Apr

1   This little beetle and many of its friends have been seen in our house and I couldn’t identify it so I sent a photo to my very knowledgeable-about-all-things-wildlife son-in-law.   This is what he told me yesterday:

I think it’s a Cornish Yarn Chafer, quite common at this time of year, probably hatched from eggs laid last spring in the fleece of Cornish hill sheep with larvae able to withstand the modern wool production process, a really voracious stitch nibbler.

Rhagium mordax

Rhagium mordax

2     I was at The Penryn River today to watch our boat being launched into the water after its stay in the shipyard over the winter.  Here it goes up the river to our mooring nearer to Falmouth.

Skippalong on her way up The Penryn River

Skippalong on her way up The Penryn River

3   While I was waiting, I was watching a family of swans on the river, the parents and four one year old cygnets. I was lucky enough to catch the parents chirruping at each other and making a love-heart!

Two swans making a heart shape

Two swans making a heart shape

The cygnets

The cygnets


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9 responses to “Cornish Yarn Chafer, Launch and Lovers

  1. anotherday2paradise

    April 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Oh no! A voracious stitch nibbler wouldn’t be at all welcome in my house. Gorgeous photos of the boats, and I especially loved the two swans. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Fortunately my son-in-law was playing an April Fool trick on me! The creature is harmless! T knows how much yarn there is in this house and thought it was funny! 🙂

  2. Alex Autin

    April 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I love the launch of…anything! And that definitely includes boats. 🙂 As for the ‘lovers’…how perfect! The yarn chafer, as interesting as he is, I can live without 😉

  3. creativityandfamily

    April 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    What lovely pics again, especially the heart. Ouch, stitch nibblers do not sound good, hopefully you can keep them away from any precious sewing or knitting projects, not what you would want to be finding in your stash, hopefully they won’t cause any damage. If it was here, Josh would be wanting it as a pet!! Sharon x

  4. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread

    April 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Wow – catching that heart is like catching a rainbow. 🙂

  5. dianasschwenk

    April 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Love these beautiful photos and accompanying commentary. <3
    Diana xo

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you for calling in and for your comment. 🙂


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