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Fabulous Fig Wasps

Many insects are important pollinators helping plants to make seeds from which new plants can grow. One of these is the fabulous fig wasp. In this video fig wasp researcher Sotiria Boutsi explains the amazing life cycle of the fig wasp, and why without it we wouldn’t have any figs! Sotiria shared her interest in… Continue reading →

The Marvellous Maybug

As the month of April fades into May a certain beetle can be found flying noisily about its business. Cockchafers, often called Maybugs, are relatively large members of the Scarab beetle family. There are three different species of Cockchafer found in Europe; The common cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha The forest cockchafer, Melolontha hippocastani The large cockchafer, Melolontha pectoralis Cockchafers spend most of… Continue reading →

Biodiversity: exploring the variety of life.

Biodiversity is an exhibition at the Museum of Natural History that explores biodiversity through the celebrated art of Kurt Jackson and reflections from reserchers at Oxford University. What is biodiversity? The word Biodiversity describes the variety of life. In any one place, the range of living things, including plants, animals, and bacteria, is called its… Continue reading →

Insect Friendly Gardens

I often hear people say that it is important to make green spaces “Insect Friendly”, but what is meant by this? It is providing and encouraging a variety of different habitats that provide food and shelter for a range of different insects, and avoiding things that would do harm to insects, like using pesticides. The… Continue reading →