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Jul 23, 2013 12:24 AM

BLACK BEETLES ON VACATION IN LITTLEHAMPTON IN 1919?

As a collector of period postcards I was intrigued by the message on the reverse of a posted 6 July 1919 Littlehampton (Sussex) pictured postcard with written message saying (which I edit here) "D. M. Just a card in answer to your letter...What stormy weather?...We are very busy here and swarmed with black beetles - even in our bedroom. Yrs. Nellie". What could these beetles be of the time? Any suggestion? Could these be 'Thunder Bugs' that I knew of as a child growing up in the 40's/50's. Except, I recall these as brown bugs.   

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    Jul 23, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to Microbe)
    Re: BLACK BEETLES ON VACATION IN LITTLEHAMPTON IN 1919?

    Thunder flies (thrips) were my first thought. In your transcription above you've written 'What stormy weather?' which made me think the writer wasn't experiencing any, but in fact there is no question mark and it sounds like Nellie is a bit fed up with storms, making thrips more likely I would say. They might look like tiny beetles and most of the ones I see are black.

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