“Volunteers to build homemade bottle traps before posting the dead wasps to entomologists to produce a clearer picture of the much-maligned insect’s decline.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/23/conservationists-slam-hateful-survey-promoting-wasp-killing

‘Lethal Sampling’: not so much bird watching as word botching.


“The survey also recorded falls in sightings of bumblebees, foxes and owls but a rise in the number of ladybirds spotted.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/06/hedgehogs-now-a-rare-garden-sight-as-british-populations-continue-to-decline

No-one spotted any no-spot ladybirds.


“Bees’ hairs are highly sensitive to flowers’ delicate EMFs [electromagnetic fields]. In controlled trials in Switzerland, bees reacted to mobile-phone signals with high-pitched ‘piping’: a cue to desert a hive.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988266/wireless_pollution_out_of_control_as_corporate_race_for_5g_gears_up.html)

Mobile phone manufacturers have been quick to add to their products’ features list ‘insect repellent’.


“Research published by Environmental Sciences Europe last year that showed pollen from GM maize could travel up to three km, one hundred times further than the 30 meters established by the EFSA [European Food Safety Authority] in 2011.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/02/us-eu-gmo-efsa-idUKKCN0PC22W20150702)

Since butterflies can travel further than 3km and therefore easily avoid the GM pollen, the 30m buffer zone is purely for one-legged beetles.


“Already, over two billion people around the world regularly eat insects.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2014/may/20/food-insects-entomophagy-fao-bugs-food-security)

In my case, unintentionally: the insects gulp from a glass of water, shortly before I do.

The article then ascends toward an Abbott and Costello sketch, “fourteen percent of Americans count themselves as foodies—people who, says Why, ‘will probably eat the grasshopper that looks like a grasshopper’,” before suggesting, “we also need to think about a bottom-up approach.”

To food?


You can now attach electronic circuits to cockroaches to control their movement.
First, place the cockroaches “in icy water to subdue them before sandpaper is used to remove the waxy coating on the shell of the insect’s head. An electrode connector and electrodes are then glued on to the insect’s body and a needle is used to poke a hole in their thorax in order to insert a wire.
Their antennae are then cut and electrodes are inserted. A circuit is attached to their backs, and signals are received through a mobile phone app allowing users to control the cockroaches’ movements to the left and to the right.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24455141)

This attitude toward to life must be nurtured – the perfect gift for psychopathmas.


“When atmospheric pressure was dropping rapidly, the male beetles became much less responsive to female pheromones.” (http://www.nature.com/news/amorous-insects-predict-the-weather-1.13874)

And yet smut* flourishes in a moist climate**.

*The fungal disease of grains.
**I apologise; it’s raining.


“Gears are not the only mechanical solutions that were long thought to be unique to human engineering and then found to have been mastered by evolution [the plant hopper Issus coleoptratus has rounded joints that connect its hind legs with a series of tiny intermeshing teeth like cogs]. The screw-and-nut system is another example … in the legs of a weevil beetle. … Honeybees ‘couple the movement of both wings to stabilize their flight by using pegs … like Velcro.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/insect-leg-cogs-a-first-in-animal-kingdom-1.13723)

(Human) Narcissity is Mother Nature’s invention.


“There is a fear that if the [leaf miner] insect damages the foliage and weakens the [horse chestnut] tree sufficiently, it may reduce the trees’ resistance to disease, therefore they could suffer more from the bleeding canker disease.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23490686)

Keep your hands off my bleeding conkers (Exhibitionism).


“The Woodland Trust in Wales (Coed Cadw) … is offering farmers and other landowners “pollinator packs” of 210 native trees specially selected to provide a food source for [bees and other pollinators].” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Isn-t-it-funny-how-bees-like-trees-f06.aspx)

No need to import bees (Aliens); grow your own. #BzzzzZZZZ#