Insects

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Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers
Countrywide scheme is flourishing after being set up to reverse a 75% decline in insect populations

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

20, Jun, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Country diary: a tale of two fritillaries
Mabie Forest, Dumfries and Galloway: The two butterflies are hard to tell apart, but one clue is the month each arrives in the forest

Stephen Rutt

19, Jun, 2021 @4:30 AM

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‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers
eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the Mekong

Patrick Greenfield

16, Jun, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Country diary: in the fight to survive, red campion is a surprise battleground
Brancepeth, County Durham: These small flowers are prone to an extraordinary parasite

Phil Gates

16, Jun, 2021 @4:30 AM

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‘Magical’: synchronous fireflies light up US national parks
For two weeks in late spring, near dusk, the fireflies at the most-visited national park in the US flash in unison, a ‘one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon’

Dani Anguiano

11, Jun, 2021 @10:00 AM

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‘It got me’: Joe Biden swats away cicada as he boards Air Force One
President brushed off bug attack but previous evening some press had been delayed after charter plane was swarmed by cicadas

Joanna Walters in New York

09, Jun, 2021 @4:59 PM

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Share your photos and videos of Brood X cicadas
Once every 17 years, trillions of Brood X cicadas hatch in the Eastern United States, and we want your best footage

Guardian community team

08, Jun, 2021 @4:15 PM

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Bug in the system: cicada blamed for car crash in Ohio
Police say insect struck driver in face who veered off road, damaging vehicle and killing the cicada

Adam Gabbatt in New York

08, Jun, 2021 @12:42 PM

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‘It’s six weeks of hell’: how cicada-phobes are surviving Brood X
The swarm that emerges every 17 years can feel like a horror movie, requiring homemade armor and escape plans

Elle Hunt

08, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Country diary: a nest busy with housekeeping ants
Hamsterley Forest, County Durham: A new generation is hatching. This ant metropolis will be home to at least 100,000 by midsummer

Phil Gates

02, Jun, 2021 @4:30 AM

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‘This is a spectacular chorus’: walk into the cicada explosion
One of the world’s great natural spectacles is under way in the eastern US, stretching from the deep south to upstate New York

Oliver Milman in Columbia, Maryland

01, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Wild night out: how a nocturnal walk in the woods can reconnect us with nature
More than 80% of us live under light-polluted skies but it’s not too late to embrace the darkness

Phoebe Weston

01, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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