Insects

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On the hunt with New York’s spotted lanternfly squishers: ‘I came to kill’
Local officials have instructed residents to destroy the insects – and some New Yorkers are taking it very seriously

Naaman Zhou in New York

15, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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CSIRO researchers identify 139 new species, including an ant that ‘babysits’ caterpillars
Other discoveries formally named and described include 131 insects and other invertebrates, four fish, three plants and a frog

Graham Readfearn

08, Aug, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Country diary: The garden is alive with insects, despite the heatwave
Allendale, Northumberland: It’s taken a lot of careful planning, but our corner of this sunny valley is teeming with bees, beetles and butterflies

Susie White

08, Aug, 2022 @4:30 AM

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From badgers to bumblebees: how drought is affecting Britain’s wildlife
As garden birds struggle to find food, many species are also at risk of overheating and dehydration

Stephen Moss

03, Aug, 2022 @10:14 AM

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Country diary: Not even a digger could rid our garden of hedge bindweed
Crook, County Durham​: ​This rampant climber has the blackcurrant bushes in its spirally grip. There are, however, a few striking benefits

Phil Gates

03, Aug, 2022 @4:30 AM

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UK sports clubs boost biodiversity by letting nature go wild on their grounds
Across the UK, cricket and golf clubs are starting to do their bit for local biodiversity by ditching the pesticides and nurturing wildlife

Mark Hillsdon

02, Aug, 2022 @9:11 AM

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Country diary: The joy of wildlife walks is ‘many eyes see more’
Longstone Edge, Derbyshire: The quarries here have much to offer – ravens, wheatears and woolly thistles – and not much gets past the Buxton Field Club

Mark Cocker

02, Aug, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch from the eco-apocalypse file
This documentary about bees going extinct in the Hanyuan valley doesn’t seem interested in the wider context but instead offers a soothing watch of farmers at work

Phil Hoad

01, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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‘Kingdom of the ant’: northern Australia boasts more than 5,000 species
‘It’s the global centre of diversity,’ says insect scientist who found 27 species of ant in two days in Kakadu national park

Graham Readfearn

30, Jul, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Country diary: It’s picking season at this orchard of rarities
St Dominic, Tamar Valley: Forty years ago, some of these local cherry, apple and pear varieties were nearing extinction. Now we are reaping the harvest

Virginia Spiers

21, Jul, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: A late red grouse chick makes a dash for its mother’s wing
Pikestone Fell, Weardale: The year’s first great pulse of moorland energy, the upland bird breeding season, is all but over

Phil Gates

19, Jul, 2022 @4:30 AM

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‘Bees are really highly intelligent’: the insect IQ tests causing a buzz among scientists
We all know these busy insects are good for crops and biodiversity, but proof is emerging that they are also clever, sentient and unique beings

Donna Ferguson

16, Jul, 2022 @4:00 PM

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