Category: Invertebrates

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A Quick Guide to- the Common Cockchafer

  The common cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha, is a rather large beetle that flies about noisily, emitting a loud whirring noise. It is more commonly known as the May Bug and it gets this...

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So, what are Bee-flies all about?

A few days ago I went for a very nice walk around a nearby reservoir in what was unseasonably very warm sunshine. The warmth and light had predictably brought all the insects out...

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Foraging Leaf Cutter Ants (c)  A. Bockoven

The Ant SatNav

  A new study has provided novel insight into the way ants memorize and navigate routes ‘home’ whilst out foraging.   Ants have been subject to numerous studies regarding navigation techniques and information...

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Fragrant flower or invasive thug?

We’d been walking for twenty minutes or so with plenty to see:  a wooded garden with a drift of early snowdrops scattered across the grass like confetti, the winter sunshine percolating through the...

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Schaefferia_emucronata_(c) Andy Murray

Entognathids- the insect’s forgotten cousins

In scientific terms, the group of  arthropods (animals with exoskeletons) which bear just six legs are sensibly called ‘Hexapods’ -meaning six-footed. Chances are you learned in school that all these animals with six...

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