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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Insects

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February 2023
# factfind
FactFind: Is the EU 'forcing' people to eat 'unhealthy' insects without their knowledge?
Cricket flour is already added to food outside the EU, such as Canadian cheese puffs.
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# 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.
# 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?
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# a bug's life
Cockroach infestations are at their highest for a decade
Dublin is the most cockroach-infested county in Ireland.
# ring the alarm
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.
# Insects
Possibly contaminated baby cereal to be removed from Irish shelves
The muesli is designed for infants older than 10 months.
# Hotels
Homeless family finds cockroaches in their hotel bathroom
Ruth Coppinger says it shows the need for inspections.
# cooked alligator
These are some of the most bizarre dishes from around the world
Frog smoothie, anyone?
# 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.
# 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 .
# 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.
# Buzz kill
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.”
# ice cold
7 brief moments in your life when you feel like a badass
OK, maybe not as badass as Clint Eastwood. But still.
# Spiders
Is the false widow spider in Ireland? Maybe...
*This article contains spiders.
# 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.
# a bug's life
Wasp cuts bee in half during fight
Terrifying. As if wasps weren’t already bad enough.
# bug off
8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment
Not everything the warm weather brings with it is welcome.
# bee salad
The secret to making tarantula taste good? Batter it.
Spiders not to your liking? You could enjoy a grasshopper shish kebab instead.
# 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.
# 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.
# Om nom nom
UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects
Mmmmm. Stir-fried beetles.
# Science
How insects' wings help engineers...
Insects are one of the most successful groups of animals…so what can we learn from them?
# bendy
If only humans had the legs of grasshoppers...
…they would be twice as strong, say Trinity College Dublin researchers.
# Mutation
Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists
The butterflies were found to have abnormalities including smaller wings and damaged eyes.
# 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.
# spider silk
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.
# 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.
# Yuck
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.