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# insects - Thursday 23 April, 2020

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.

# insects - Sunday 1 July, 2018

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?

# insects - Sunday 11 March, 2018

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.

# insects - Thursday 5 October, 2017

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.

# insects - Saturday 29 July, 2017

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.

# insects - Saturday 3 June, 2017

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.

# insects - Sunday 16 April, 2017

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.

# insects - Monday 2 January, 2017

Cockroach infestations are at their highest for a decade

Dublin is the most cockroach-infested county in Ireland.

# insects - Friday 4 November, 2016

From The Daily Edge This Irish mam is sick of spiders invading her home, so she's giving them a written warning 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 - Friday 30 October, 2015

Possibly contaminated baby cereal to be removed from Irish shelves

The muesli is designed for infants older than 10 months.

# insects - Tuesday 1 September, 2015

Homeless family finds cockroaches in their hotel bathroom

Ruth Coppinger says it shows the need for inspections.

# insects - Saturday 27 June, 2015

These are some of the most bizarre dishes from around the world

Frog smoothie, anyone?

# insects - Tuesday 23 September, 2014

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.

# insects - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

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 .

# insects - Sunday 11 May, 2014

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.

# insects - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

From The Daily Edge Animals learn the hard way not to mess with bees Buzz Kill

Animals learn the hard way not to mess with bees

The price they pay? Their good looks.

# insects - Friday 10 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge Doctors remove inch-long cockroach from Australian man's ear SCREAM

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.”

# insects - Sunday 29 December, 2013

# insects - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

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

*This article contains spiders.

# insects - Sunday 20 October, 2013

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.

# insects - Friday 23 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge Wasp cuts bee in half during fight A Bug's Life

Wasp cuts bee in half during fight

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

# insects - Friday 9 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge 8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment Bug Off

8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment

Not everything the warm weather brings with it is welcome.

# insects - Monday 5 August, 2013

The secret to making tarantula taste good? Batter it.

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

# insects - Sunday 4 August, 2013

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

Maybe there are some arachnids clumsy enough to fall in.

# insects - Sunday 19 May, 2013

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.

# insects - Monday 13 May, 2013

UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects

Mmmmm. Stir-fried beetles.

# insects - Thursday 9 May, 2013

How insects' wings help engineers...

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

# insects - Saturday 15 September, 2012

If only humans had the legs of grasshoppers...

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

# insects - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists

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

# insects - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

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.

# insects - Monday 5 March, 2012

From The Daily Edge Violin strings made from spun spider silk 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.

# insects - Friday 20 May, 2011

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.

# insects - Wednesday 23 February, 2011

From The Daily Edge Average human eats 450g of insects a year 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.