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Meet the secretive large velvet ant

After an absence from the records of 32 years, the large velvet ant (Mutilla europaea) has been sighted again in Scotland by Dr Jenni Stockan from the James Hutton Institute. Athayde Tonhasca reveals the idiosyncrasies of this surprising insect. Velvet … Continue reading

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Species of the month – the oak marble gall wasp

You would never imagine that tiny, obscure wasps like this could have a place in British history, or indeed have contributed to the culture and literacy of the Western world. But follow Athayde Tonhasca’s thread. Let there be gall enough … Continue reading

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Deadwood … good wood

There is great ‘natural’ value in deadwood, as Sarah Smyth of our Ecoystems and Biodiversity team explains. Trees contribute a huge amount as living organisms providing shelter and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, pollution reduction, water runoff reduction , … Continue reading

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Species of the month – wasp

I saw a wasp upon a wall And did not like his face at all: And so the creature had no time To wonder whether he liked mine. ‘Plain Murder’, A.G. Prys-Jones.     The maligned common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) … Continue reading

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Family favourites

There are many successful father and daughter teams in modern society. Think of acting and you might cite Henry and Jane Fonda, or John Voight and his daughter Angelina Jolie, whilst in music there was Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Entomology … Continue reading

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