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Against hope: the global environmental catastrophe has already occurred

Against hope: the global environmental catastrophe has already occurred

We have already reached catastrophic system collapse. Recognising that is the first step to fighting it.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The new "Eat-a-Bug Cook Book" has a nice recipe for deep-fried tarantula spider dusted with smoked paprika.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Whatever the forecasts contained in tonight's budget, they will almost certainly be wrong. Plus other political views along the way.

Bug of the week: Golden Drummer Cicada

Bug of the week: Golden Drummer Cicada

After quite a few summers of his aimless suburban youth spent chasing Cicadas, Bob Gosford enjoys a glorious crop of Golden Drummer cicadas in Alice Springs, after a wonderfully wet year that has seen record rain,

The tasty temptations of a blue light disco

The tasty temptations of a blue light disco

Is it possible to mistake a colour for a piece of food? It is if you’re an insect. Genetically altered fruit fly larvae mistake the “aroma” of blue light for far more delicious things -- like bananas and marzipan.

How the extinction of bees could kill us all

How the extinction of bees could kill us all

Bees are disappearing. Fast. But their extinction wouldn't just mean a world without honey: it would mean a world without food, clothes, flowers or birds.

Bug of the week: f*cking flies

Bug of the week: f*cking flies

All the rain that has been dumped on central Australia over the past few months has given a stimulus to all sorts of things to go forth and procreate. Cue the flies getting busy, writes Bob Gosford.

Insects in flagrante

Insects in flagrante

Great images of insects doing it like they do on the Discovery Channel.

US military develop cyborg beetles

US military develop cyborg beetles

Finally! US defence researchers have created the world's first wireless flying-insect cyborg -- a beetle that can be controlled via remote and could be used as teeny tiny spies.

A world without butterflies: a lepidopterist ponders the thought

A world without butterflies: a lepidopterist ponders the thought

A passionate lepidopterist since he was eight years old, Patrick Barkham laments the dramatic decline of these most extraordinary insects.