The Guardian reports The rate of insect extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the […]

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Center for Biological Diversity New Release New Analysis: Curbing Pesticides Key to Reversing Insect Apocalypse More Than 40 Percent of World’s Insect Species on Fast-track to Extinction PORTLAND, Ore.— Authors of a major new scientific review of the catastrophic decline of insects say a “serious reduction in pesticide usage” is key to preventing the extinction […]

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Mylabris oculata The CMR Blister Beetle is a large (4cm long) and colourfully-marked beetle in the family Meloidae, notorious for excreting the toxin cantharidin in defence against predators – this can cause blisters when making contact with skin and can even be fatal if ingested, both to humans and livestock. After mating, the female lays her […]

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