David Attenborough & the empire of the ants

If you’ve read my blog before you’ll probably know that I’m a huge lover of all things insect-related, and people often ask me why. Well this month saw David Attenborough explaining a little bit about why the insect world is so utterly fascinating in a new documentary called ‘David Attenborough and the Empire of the…

How is losing insects affecting us?

What’s the news? Do you remember driving 70mph down the motorway and having to activate your windscreen wipers every now and then with an added spray of screenwash...not due to anything other than trying to get those pesky insects off your windscreen? Now think back, can you remember the last time that you had to…

Is a spider about to eat you?

A recent entomological survey has concluded that a worldwide abundance of spiders means that, theoretically, the eight-legged arachnids could eat all of the humans currently on the planet in the space of just 12 months. This conclusion is however, only to put the amount of food that spiders eat into a comparative perspective, as spiders mostly eat…

Rare species of woodlouse glows in the dark

An incredibly rare species of woodlouse has just been discovered to have glow in the dark properties. The critically endangered spiky yellow woodlouse can only be found on St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is one of many endemic and rare species on the remote island. The rare woodlouse is normally incredibly difficult…

Nature 2.5

It’s currently 16:31 and 32 degrees Celsius in the Timbavati, I haven’t spoken to a real human being in about seven hours, I’ve got a raging cold from being exposed to 20 hours non-stop air-con on my way here, mix all that with having been up and active since 4.45am, and I’m feeling pretty delirious.…