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#Insects

From TheJournal.ie Earth has lost more than one quarter of land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years Little Critters

Earth has lost more than one quarter of land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years

Insects are disappearing at a rate of just under 1% a year with much variation from place to place.

From TheJournal.ie How to protect your home from becoming fly-infested in the heatwave Infestation

How to protect your home from becoming fly-infested in the heatwave

More flies causing annoyance as the hot weather soars – what can you do about the pests?

From TheJournal.ie A nice insect casserole with 3D-printed dessert: The future of your weeknight dinner Future Focus

A nice insect casserole with 3D-printed dessert: The future of your weeknight dinner

The changes coming to the way we eat – and what we eat.

From TheJournal.ie False widow spiders have invaded Ireland over the past 20 years, but what are the symptoms of a bite? Nui Galway

False widow spiders have invaded Ireland over the past 20 years, but what are the symptoms of a bite?

In 20 years, the false widow spider has invaded Ireland, one NUIG researcher said, with the highest number of them found in Dublin and Cork.

From TheJournal.ie Australia is spending $400 million to stop the spread of red fire ants Plague

Australia is spending $400 million to stop the spread of red fire ants

“Our fire-ant fighters have finally been given the war chest they need,” an invasive species expert said.

From TheJournal.ie Farmers use maggots to tackle China's mountain of food waste Rubbish

Farmers use maggots to tackle China's mountain of food waste

There is a lot of money to be made from maggot animal feed and manure.

From TheJournal.ie Pest company called to St James's Hospital more than 100 times in last two years Infestation

Pest company called to St James's Hospital more than 100 times in last two years

Among the many different pests encountered on the hospital’s campus in recent times were ants, cockroaches, mice, pigeons, and woodlice.

From TheJournal.ie Cockroach infestations are at their highest for a decade A Bug's Life

Cockroach infestations are at their highest for a decade

Dublin is the most cockroach-infested county in Ireland.

This Irish mam is sick of spiders invading her home, so she's giving them a written warning

Woe betide any spider who dares cross the threshold from now on.

From TheJournal.ie Possibly contaminated baby cereal to be removed from Irish shelves Insects

Possibly contaminated baby cereal to be removed from Irish shelves

The muesli is designed for infants older than 10 months.

From TheJournal.ie Homeless family finds cockroaches in their hotel bathroom Hotels

Homeless family finds cockroaches in their hotel bathroom

Ruth Coppinger says it shows the need for inspections.

From TheJournal.ie These are some of the most bizarre dishes from around the world Cooked Alligator
From TheJournal.ie Straight lines, traffic jams and Garda fans: Here's 8 things we learned at the National Ploughing Championships... Live From Laois

Straight lines, traffic jams and Garda fans: Here's 8 things we learned at the National Ploughing Championships...

It’s closing time in Ratheniska — but 82,000 people have been wandering the fields and checking out the sights since early this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Pest control calls about cockroaches up 75% in last decade I Feel Like It's On Me

Pest control calls about cockroaches up 75% in last decade

One company in Ireland warned people to keep an eye out this summer, especially if they’re staying in a hotel .

From TheJournal.ie The UN says insects are good for us so we've decided to try them out. Mmmm. Yummy In My Tummy

The UN says insects are good for us so we've decided to try them out. Mmmm.

Over two billion people around the world eat insects daily.

Animals learn the hard way not to mess with bees

The price they pay? Their good looks.

Doctors remove inch-long cockroach from Australian man's ear

“They said they had never pulled an insect this large out of someone’s ear.”

From TheJournal.ie Is the false widow spider in Ireland? Maybe... Spiders

Is the false widow spider in Ireland? Maybe...

*This article contains spiders.

From TheJournal.ie Scientists found a fossilised mosquito full of blood, so can we finally clone dinosaurs? Blood

Scientists found a fossilised mosquito full of blood, so can we finally clone dinosaurs?

While it is the first time such a find has been made, it looks unlikely that we’ll be able to make a real life Jurassic Park. Here’s why.

Wasp cuts bee in half during fight

Terrifying. As if wasps weren’t already bad enough.

8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment

Not everything the warm weather brings with it is welcome.

From TheJournal.ie The secret to making tarantula taste good? Batter it. Bee Salad

The secret to making tarantula taste good? Batter it.

Spiders not to your liking? You could enjoy a grasshopper shish kebab instead.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: Do you really eat a dozen spiders in your sleep every year? True Or False

Debunked: Do you really eat a dozen spiders in your sleep every year?

Maybe there are some arachnids clumsy enough to fall in.

From TheJournal.ie USA on alert of invasion... from cicadas Bugged Out

USA on alert of invasion... from cicadas

The cricket-like insects are overdue an invasion after 17 years – and have been seen amassing in two east coast states.

From TheJournal.ie UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects Om Nom Nom

UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects

Mmmmm. Stir-fried beetles.

From TheJournal.ie How insects' wings help engineers... Science

How insects' wings help engineers...

Insects are one of the most successful groups of animals…so what can we learn from them?

From TheJournal.ie If only humans had the legs of grasshoppers... Bendy

If only humans had the legs of grasshoppers...

…they would be twice as strong, say Trinity College Dublin researchers.

From TheJournal.ie Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists Mutation

Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists

The butterflies were found to have abnormalities including smaller wings and damaged eyes.

From TheJournal.ie Ant callouts 20 per cent higher this year Ant Attack

Ant callouts 20 per cent higher this year

Rentokil has reported a 20 per cent increase in call-outs about ant infestations, with numbers of both red ants and common black garden ants on the rise.

Violin strings made from spun spider silk

A researcher in Japan has twisted together thousands of strands of spider silk to create string for a violin.

From TheJournal.ie US farmers fear plague of 'stink bugs' US

US farmers fear plague of 'stink bugs'

The voracious insects have already decimated millions of dollars of crops in the States – and show no signs of stopping.

Average human eats 450g of insects a year

But apparently that’s not a bad thing! Insects are high in protein, iron and zinc, says new Dutch research.