The BBC reports It’s been a good year for migrant butterflies, moths and dragonflies in the UK, according to a review of 2019 by the National Trust. The charity says warm and wet weather saw the biggest influx of painted lady butterflies in a decade. But the impacts of drought and wildfires in some parts […]
Another beautiful day in the Satara area of the Kruger National Park today, and we didn’t even need to venture very far at all from camp for our wildlife encounters today.
Fall armyworm (FAW) has continued to spread across China since early January, with the pest being identified in over 600,000 hectares of farmland across 18 provinces. Now, the government and farmers are looking for solutions to tackling this invasive species. Fall armyworm in an incredibly destructive pest species native to the tropics and sub-tropics of […]
Honolulu Civil Beat reports Scientists are racing to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes from forests, but to some a solution still feels like forever away. Only 17 forest bird species are left in the islands, down from more than 50 that evolved here over thousands of years, according to the Audubon Society. And nearly all of those that […]
Do you remember when hordes of large, brightly coloured scarab beetles used to descend on Aussie summertime gatherings like mobile festive decorations? by John Pickrell Image credit: Stuart_Cox/Shutterstock Christmas beetles were said to be so numerous 100 years ago in the Sydney region that they could be found floating in the harbour in huge numbers […]
Coccygidium luteum. Photo ©Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) In a recently published study led by CABI, researchers assessed, under lab conditions, the effect of the endoparasitoid wasp, Coccygidium luteum on the leaf rate consumption of its host – fall armyworm larvae. Published in Insects, the paper found that the leaf consumption rate…
Belenois aurota The Brown-veined White could probably be South Africa’s most commonly seen butterfly, occurring throughout the year and migrating in their millions between December and February away from areas of overcrowding in the arid west towards the Mozambique Channel, laying batches of around 20 eggs at their point of departure and along the way […]