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Hemiptera

Beware, invasion of the bed bugs

Summer is the breeding season for many household pests, but one of the most worrying is the global pandemic of bed bugs which has already hit Hong Kong.

Friday, 6 May, 2011, 12:00am

Jetset: Robin Esrock

What's one destination that's always eluded you and why?

Antarctica. My busy season is April to October, and I can't seem to get down to the tip of Argentina to take that ship to my seventh and final continent. I've almost been to Cuba a couple of times, but something always comes up, most recently the apparent 'loss' of my media visa.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

On a recent trip to Yunnan province to visit the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, I had the opportunity to stay with some locals I had met on an earlier trip. It was a beautiful place, dreamlike and lost in time. It was also a humbling trip; I felt quite ashamed of how little I know of China's geography compared with that of Australia, where I was brought up.

17 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Year of the Bug bites into the Big Apple

New York

The Year of the Rat is fast approaching, but New York councillor Gale Brewer has already declared this the Year of the Bug. No, she is not confused about the lunar calendar, she is worried that bedbugs may have outpaced rats and other pests to become the No1 household enemy of New Yorkers.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Successful odyssey as school team wins creativity award

Pok Oi Hospital Chan Kai Memorial College won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award at the Odyssey of the Mind 2005 World Finals at the University of Colorado last month.

15 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Some bugs live in disguise for protection

The word 'bug' is commonly used for all insects, but it only really applies to the order Hemiptera (half-winged) and biologists have discovered over 50,000 species up till now. True bugs may live on animals or plants or in water. They have stabbing mouth parts to suck up blood or plant juice.

29 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Tiny insect friends and foes make a hearty meal out of their work

Apart from the millennium bug, many living insects are a nui sance to humans.

Some harm crops and carry plant diseases while others feed on human blood and pass on diseases.

But not all bugs are harmful, some serve as food for fish and other animals, while others at tack weeds and help farmers.

25 Jan 2000 - 12:00am