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Grubs up

Shouldn’t we be taking the idea of eating insects – or entophagy –   a bit more seriously?       A delicious and nutrious meal all wrapped up in a crunchy coating! (zmescience)

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Mimicry and warning in the insect world

Taking a break from the wonderful world of octopods, but still within the “amazing creatures” realm, I’d like to introduce you to some interesting mimicry and other colouration in the insect world. Many insects can’t credibly threaten most predators, so … Continue reading

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Baby, you’re an arthropod!

Tony from naturestimeline.com mentioned in a comment that we need to appreciate the crawling critters more – not just because they’re beautiful, although they are, but because they’re play a vital role in maintaining life on earth. Dragonflies, for instance, … Continue reading

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Beetling away for Biodiversity Month

Since September is Biodiversity Month, we’ll be offering a lot of biodiversity-themed posts, and the first has to be beetles. Why is that, I hear you ask? Well, it’s because insects have more species than any other class, and there … Continue reading

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Chasing butterflies for science

A friend told me yesterday of a research project she was part of while working in the US. The project looked at the behaviour of a particular wetlands butterfly, Satyrodes appalachia (Appalachian brown), in habitats unlike their own, and was intended as … Continue reading

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Giving bees a break

The European Union has recently decided to ban three of the world’s most widely used pesticides for 2 years, as they are linked to colony collapse disorder in bees. It wasn’t a unanimous decision, or even enough countries to achieve … Continue reading

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Tree lobster, anyone?

Welcome back to Biodiversity Revolution for 2013. Today I’ve got another insectile treat: indeed, a tree insectile treat. It’s called the Lord Howe Island stick insect, and while that doesn’t sound too exciting, there are some unusual features to this … Continue reading

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Creepy-crawlies

We’ve already talked about some of the fascinating creatures recently found in caves. Now researchers from the University of Navarra have found 3 distinct species of prehistoric critters in Spain. The tiny insect-like creatures, found in the isolated Maestrazgo caves in the Teruel … Continue reading

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Revisiting ants

Matt Christmas’ post on the work of ants in maintaining plant diversity was published recently in The Conversation here. Nice to see some recognition coming to the humble ant – we tend to take them for granted or be irritated by … Continue reading

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Man bites dog, wasp bites spider

The redback spider has long been known as one of Australia’s 10 most deadly creatures, but recent research has found that it faces its own dangers. The agenioideus nigricornis, which belongs to the family of spider wasps, can sting a … Continue reading

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