A tiny little monster of a fly

The world's smallest fly is so tiny you can hardly even see it. It's about the size of a grain of salt. A normal fly looks like a giant next to it.

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am

Seductive call of a Jurassic cricket

What did a prehistoric cricket's chirp sound like to the dinosaurs? That's the question Professor Ren Dong of Capital Normal University and his team set out to answer by reproducing the mating call of a bush cricket, also known as a katydid, using fossilised remains of the insect.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Nature's wealth

By this time of the year, Mai Po's black-faced spoonbills are off to the north. Yet the wetland is anything but deserted and silent.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am


Unless you bump into British scientist Kevin Warwick, who has had a chip implanted here and a neural interface grafted on there, you are unlikely to come across a cyborg (part living being, part machine) in a shopping mall.

30 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Nature on our doorstep

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

23 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

first person

Architect Christophe Barthelemy, 42, has been photographing insects in the New Territories for the past six years for a book to be published in autumn. He explains why people should pay more attention to the creepy-crawlies living around them.

4 Aug 2005 - 12:00am



Pearl, 9.30pm

23 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain... all will be explained

How do they make the holes in Swiss cheese?

Swiss cheese is made in wheels of about 90 centimetres in diameter and 15 cm thick. The round holes inside the cheese are known as eyes in the industry. The eyes are about 1.6 cm wide and roughly 5 cm to 8 cm apart. They are produced by a build-up of pockets of gas from bacterial action.

15 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Asian Games plagued by swimming pools filled with insects

A plague of insects filling up the main swimming pools at the Asian Games in Bangkok has been cut in half by spraying insecticides, but officials said yesterday this was not good enough.

'I want something more drastic, because this is embarrassing,' said assistant pool manager Amthon Plaengtaisong.

3 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Predators have natural feel for their prey

Hunters need sharp senses to find, identify and hunt down their prey. Different predators have evolved different sensory systems and techniques to help them in their search for food.

16 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Bitten by the bug in a web of intrigue

In the natural history of mate munching, it is not only the praying mantis female who has a peculiarly murderous post-coital habit of eating the male's head.

The black widow spider has the same, one might say, 'taste' in males, which is no doubt how the species earned its name.

21 Dec 1997 - 12:00am


THEY creep, they crawl, they fly by day and bite by night - love them or loathe them, you can't ignore insects. For most people in Hongkong, insects are the cockroaches which scuttle across the kitchen floor, or the irritating mosquitoes whining around the room.

6 Jun 1993 - 12:00am