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Cockroaches and Darwin

Cocky cockroaches In Metro today, a news snippet that US cockroaches have been observed learning to avoid poison bait and are apparently developing an averison to the taste of glucose which is added to the bait to disguise the taste and tempt them in.  The trait seems to be inheritable and so we can look forward to […]

How many legs?

How many legs? Not sure what it says about the state of our housekeeping, but we had a visitor in the bathroom this morning: this rather nice common brown centipede Lithobius forficatus who had got stuck and was running around in search of somewhere to hide. We picked him up on some tissue paper and […]

Spring is finally sprunging!

It’s been a harsh winter for our mini-friends – relentlessly cold, with long periods of unseasonally low temperatures and snow, ice and frost right into April.  What a relief to know that spring has finally shown up. We took full advantage of the sun and the (belated) warm weather this weekend, and gave our allotment shed a […]

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what is the norovirus?

Oh no! It’s that vomiting virus again!  Both ends erupting mega-vomits abound it’s that time of year again When Norovirus comes to town  It’s a pretty unpleasant experience; the unmistakable symptoms of Norovirus or ‘winter vomiting bug’ include feeling tired, aching limbs, tempretature and powerful vomiting but then like a bad dream it disappears as […]

the pet rock of Charlott's dreams

Dog Poo Parasites

Boo Hoo to Poo Parasites I grew up with family pets and dogs but now I’m a grown-up I’m not a dog owner. Looking after a dog responsibly takes a ton effort I’m not ready to give. I’ve also just moved house. A nice house, with a garden where the previous owner had a dog, a […]

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Medi Beetle Rediscovered

  Medi Christmas, Everyone!  Fab Four Upgraded to Famous Five – “extinct” beetle rediscovered in the UK  The winter months are usually pretty quiet times for bugs, so we’re delighted to have not just some news about beetles, but some good news: the Mediterranean Oil Beetle (Meloe mediterraneus) has been found alive and well in […]

RIP Sir Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore, passed away yesterday at his home at the age of 89 He encouraged millions of children into a fascination with space and the universe and he will be sorely missed. He was the former president of the British Astronomical Association, co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA), author […]

Top 10 Minibeast songs

This is our choice of top bug songs – is your favourite here?   We’ve only picked serious(ish) pop songs, so no Old Women Swallowing Flies, or Incey Winceys. That would be too easy… 10 Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-go (Jitterbug) Sorry – a bad pun, but it’s really catchy and we couldn’t resist! […]

Goliathus albosignatus

Big, big bugs!

Dominic vs Goliath Our favourite time of the week – Dom’s Wild Things on Channel 5!  We’re all lined up on the sofa, ready to go. This week our intrepid hero is looking for a Goliathus or Goliath beetle.  These are some of the largest beetles in the world (it depends very much on whether you’re counting length, width, […]

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Army ants

and killer spiders! It’s Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on Channel 5 again!  Even before he’s spotted a single army ant, he’s tackling a Brazilian Wandering Spider Phoneutria fera – the most venomous spider in the world whose deadly bite can cause fatal erections in men! Dom, we’re just in awe! Anyway, army ants… Dom’s finally […]