Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html en-gb 30 Tue 07 Jul 2015 07:41:12 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html WebAliceinwonderland http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=90#comment10 sorry, a Russian dacha owner here. (old garden, with old apple trees).Does anybody know if normal lady-birds eat apple-tree aphids ?We also have 7-spot ones here, no "harlequins" thank God so far. but can be expected now as well ? I guess. will crawl over somehow.There is a standing Russian belief here that it is enough to have 30 (normal) lady-birds in the garden, to forget about any artificial caring of apple-tree trunks and leaves (chemicals). I never knew how to allure so many lady-birds in! Sat 18 Oct 2008 20:30:00 GMT+1 joshua goldblum http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=81#comment9 For many years now this has been happening and the Brit Gov has done nothing.Foot & Mouth was reputedly the direct cause of meat being brought into this country - EG foreign foods. This cost the UK billions.Again the Civil Rights act is to blame for this as the Brit Gov is freightened of taking action as it could be interpreted as a CR issue.Insects, spiders etc are creeping into our country un noticed.Try and get meat, fruit etc into Australia !!At least they have the backbone to which the Brit Gov do not.For too long an open door policy into the UK has propagated and it has to stop from the depletion of the red squirals to camel spiders.Camel spiders are now in this country.Any one whom believes camel spiders are harmless (as stated on the BBC news) think agian. These creatures secreet a fluid then start munching away on your flesh. The fluid is an anesthetic and when secreeted, numbs the flesh so the spider could amputate your arm whilst you are sleeping. I have seen the result of this in Libya. A hole in a guys face the size of my fist.Action is required now to restrict access to all types of plants and food, notwithstanding luggage. Thu 16 Oct 2008 09:39:49 GMT+1 Silverise http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=72#comment8 "We'll fight them on the nettles and in the dandelion patch "Yes....That is what I heard near Mark's Garden ...One lady-male-bird even smoked a cigar and looked like a bulldog .....I think the rest called him "Winnie".....You can always trust a BBC correspondent for good wind up ..... Wed 15 Oct 2008 23:51:19 GMT+1 evilowl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=63#comment7 And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords Wed 15 Oct 2008 09:18:00 GMT+1 blokedefrance http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=54#comment6 I remember seeing all sorts of interesting insects at Stansted Airport after they make a run for it off the planes to avoid customs. I've seen grown men cower in fear from rather large moths and seen conversations stop mid-sentence to the sudden appearance of a locust. I would have though that most of these tourists would find the climate a tad too cold and shuffle off this mortal coil to leafy pastures new. Has anyone investigated exotic wildlife around any of the large airports ? I for one welcome our insect overlords. Tue 14 Oct 2008 15:04:56 GMT+1 demiLouiseB http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=45#comment5 Interesting stuff. And I would be worried about the ladybirds if my pension wasn't currently at risk because someone thought it was good business to lend my money to people with a zero credit rating... Mon 13 Oct 2008 20:21:10 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=36#comment4 Mark:Nice map of the week!the insects pictures are a GREAT touch... Mon 13 Oct 2008 16:00:38 GMT+1 Steve_in_Dismay http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=27#comment3 It is interesting how people can be so negative about a proactivestep to control nature. I mean what is teh worst that could happen......The aphids may be coming from a particular ecosystem where they have no other preferred food, surely they are not likely to want to eat other types of plantlife found in our ecosystem. Surely we are not expecting the aphids to do exactly as nature does and expand into terratory of other aphids and bugs. Surely we cannot foresee that introducing another lifeform into the ecosystem could completely destablize our ecosystem causing damage requiring yet another creature to be introduced to eat the aphid. Surely we are not following the same plan as that of the old lady who swallowed a fly.... and I don't know why she swallowed a fly!!!!OK maybe this is a bad idea afterall..... When will we ever learn!!! Mon 13 Oct 2008 15:47:40 GMT+1 delminister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=18#comment2 using insects to control other insect infestations has been a fools idea for years and it will affect the eccologies of places where they have spread too.humans are not a clever as they think and one error could destroy this planets ecosystem fully.when will they learn?one can only hope its not before too many indiginous life forms are killed off. Mon 13 Oct 2008 13:05:50 GMT+1 The_Stock_Guru http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=9#comment1 You ask, "when will we ever learn?" - and yet here we are talking of introducing yet another foreign species to control the Japanese bindweed "problem".Ecosystems are incredibly complicated and there are few success stories with the introduction of one species from it's native environment into a new one.The factors concerned are too complex to be calculated and the long term consequences unknown.We have lost most of our squirrels, crayfish, ladybirds fast going .... what next?It may well be that the contemplated introduction of the aphid that likes Japanese bindweed goes along the lines of most other attempts at such ventures - going very wrong.This story only supports our growing knowledge that moving species from ecosystem A to ecosystem B usually have unexpected consequences.When WILL we ever learn! Mon 13 Oct 2008 13:00:18 GMT+1 intbel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/10/map_of_the_week_alien_invasion.html?page=0#comment0 Alien invasion? Yeah, right.Ya know nothin' yet.By the end of the week you'll regret wasting that heading on a few ladybirds which are native to our planet and not at all aliens.I'm just sayin' ... Mon 13 Oct 2008 12:55:39 GMT+1