Insects

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UK butterflies vanish from nearly half of the places they once flew – study
Butterfly Conservation report reveals 42% decline in distribution of 58 native species since 1976

Patrick Barkham

03, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: There’s a peacock butterfly presenting the news | Phil Gates
Crook, County Durham: After the delight of finding this magnificent butterfly overwintering in our house comes the dilemma

Phil Gates

01, Feb, 2023 @5:30 AM

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‘People are shocked’: the Welsh firm breeding maggots to heal wounds
BioMonde supplies greenbottle larvae for treatment of non-squeamish patients across Europe

Julia Kollewe

22, Jan, 2023 @4:23 PM

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Digested week: Greta Thunberg gives a masterclass in the art of protest | Emma Brockes
Also, an alcohol study sinks spirits, and the Velma series is a Scooby-Don’t for TV critics

Emma Brockes

20, Jan, 2023 @10:52 AM

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Bread sauce fans of the world unite | Brief letters
Brief letters: A Welsh and English alliance | The bees are back in town | Royal Mail records | Digesting the royals | Micro brief

13, Jan, 2023 @6:14 PM

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Global pollinator losses causing 500,000 early deaths a year – study
Insect declines mean reduced yields of healthy foods like fruit and vegetables and increased disease in people

Damian Carrington Environment editor

09, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Befriending a wild animal will make you a better human – here’s why | Kate Ahmad
If you return to the same spot often enough, you’ll get to know the regulars

Kate Ahmad

06, Jan, 2023 @1:04 AM

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US government approves use of world’s first vaccine for honeybees
Hopes of a new weapon against diseases that routinely ravage colonies that are relied upon for food pollination

Oliver Milman

04, Jan, 2023 @9:50 PM

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351 new species named by Natural History Museum – and a quarter are wasps
New varieties of the insect include species that could be useful for controlling crop pests

Helena Horton Environment reporter

30, Dec, 2022 @12:56 PM

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Insects and us: a mind-blowing 20 quadrillion ants and what they mean for the planet
There are 2.5m of these tiny creatures for each human and they play a big role as ecosystem engineers, as well as providing insights on everything from the climate to ageing

Anna Turns

28, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Country diary: A handful of rose chafer larvae is a reassuring promise
Langstone, Hampshire: These juveniles survive on dead leaves and other detritus, and will one day become iridescent coppery-green adult beetles

Claire Stares

23, Dec, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Plantwatch: how fertilisers interfere with flowers’ electric fields
Research shows disruption lasts for up to 25 minutes after spraying, discouraging insects from visiting

Paul Simons

21, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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