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  1. News - China Insider - NATURE

    World's largest aquatic insect discovered in China's Sichuan province

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 02:01pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... wouldn't want to see buzzing around your bedroom. Scientists in China have discovered what is officially the world’s largest aquatic insect, in a mountain village in Sichuan province. The bug – which looks like an eerie combination of a cockroach, dung beetle and dragonfly – has a wingspan of 21cm, said Zhao Li, director of the Insect Museum of West China. The previous record holder, ...

  2. News - World

    Ready for your close-up? Insect portraits reveal creepy crawlies in extreme detail

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 09:55am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff reporter Photographer uses image stacking to create close-ups of a host of bugs Insects often get a close look at humans- and, thanks to macro photography, we can now see their finer details. These photographs taken by macro photographer Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel show insects including a bumblebee, a weevil and a sawfly in all their colourful glory. Using a technique called ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology - ENTOMOLOGY

    Fossil of world's oldest stick insect found in Liaoning prehistoric lode

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:39am by Reuters

    ... Reuters Fossil of world's oldest stick insect found in China Sometimes it is better not to be noticed. A number of insect species look so much like sticks or leaves that they simply ... of scientists said they have discovered the fossil of an insect in China that lived about 126 million years ago whose appearance mimicked that of a nearby plant. It is the oldest-known stick or leaf ...

  4. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    'Insect' drone with flapping wings developed by Dutch scientists

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 04:37am by AFP

    ... 'Insect' drone with camera flaps its wings Dutch scientists have developed the world's smallest autonomous flapping drone, a dragonfly-like beast with 3-D vision that could revolutionise our ... in its surroundings and avoid crashing into things. And like an insect, the drone which has a wingspan of 28cm, would feel at home flying around plants. "It can, for instance, also be used ...

  5. Infographics - News - Entomophagy

    Entomophagy, the consumption of insects as food

    Posted May 15th 2013, 09:59am by SCMP Graphics

    ... SCMP Graphics The UN Food and Agricuture Organisation has just published a report on the promotion of entomophagy - the consumption of insects as food. It is a practice that has been around for millenia. Artistotle having waxed lyrical on cicada many a centuries ago. Not only do insects contain great nutritional values, but they have also proven to be more environmentally ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books - NATURE

    Book review: 'A Sting in the Tale'

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... domesticated for centuries and are drab in colour. Most bumblebees, of which there are 250 species, are more spectacular: the charismatic tigers of the insect world. These wild insects are being commandeered by us because they are such expert pollinators. Insects are cheaper labour than humans and, as Goulson observes, bumblebees possess "powers of perception and learning that often put ...

  7. News - World - FOOD

    Eating more insects could help fight hunger, UN food agency says

    Posted May 14th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Food agency says edible insects could boost nutrition and reduce pollution The UN has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organisation yesterday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as underused food ...

  8. Lifestyle - Technology - ENVIRONMENT

    Miniscule midge survives in frozen Antarctic environment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 01:14am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Antarctica's only insect is one tough little midge Antarctica's only native insect, a minuscule midge, may rely on a no-frills genome to survive ... genome was the smallest yet observed in an insect. "It's tiny," said Joanna Kelley of the university's school of biological sciences and one of the study authors. "That ...

  9. Nature on our doorstep

    Posted Jun 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Step out of the city and into a world of insects, birds and interesting animals ...

  10. News - World - FRANCE

    France battles invasive Asian hornet species, which threatens biodiversity

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:20pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Saint-Paul-les-Dax Aggressive predators threaten biodiversity by feeding on local insects France battles invasive Asian hornet species They slipped into southwest ... velutina nigrithorax, is considered a "public enemy" in parts of France, where it devours native bees and other insects and, experts say, threatens biodiversity. "It's exploding ...




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