Posts made in January 21st, 2013

The Independent Blog: Stop Bugging Me! Or is it time to reconsider our relationship with insects?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in The Independent Blog | 0 comments

Buzzing in your ear, crawling over your skin, coiled in your boot or lying drunken in a woozy cloud of rotten apples. It takes a particular personality to appreciate the virtues of our six and eight-legged neighbours. Invertebrates; the be-fanged, haired, spiked or suckered beasties, are the making of horror films and the base of a multi-million pound extermination industry. Between 2006 and 2007, for example the equivalent of £6,940,276,000 of insecticides was poured over crops around the world (EPA, 2011). But in the natural world everything has a purpose. We may delight in ridding these...

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