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How do ants walk on water?

Water is a unique compound with particles that stick together in long chains, making it easy for light animals to balance on the surface.   The two different elements that make up water are hydrogen and oxygen, and the way … Continued

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Are all spider webs the same?

There are in fact different kinds of spider web, which vary depending on the species. Once you learn to recognise the different patters of web, you will be able to tell which type of spider made it. Orb webs are … Continued

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Our UK butterfly identification guide

If you plan on exploring the great outdoors of Great Britain this summer, you will likely encounter a variety of different butterflies

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Does a black widow eat its mate?

After mating with a male, the female black widow does actually eat him – simply because he is the closest highly nutritious meal

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How do worms navigate?

Earthworms don’t have eyes, but they do have light-sensitive cells in their skin that detect changes in brightness.

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7 facts about butterflies

Be prepared to get all aflutter as we reveal the secrets of some of the most colourful characters in the animal kingdom

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Why are some beetles brightly coloured?

It would seem logical for prey species to want to blend in to the background, so it’s surprising that many beetles are adorned in eye-catching colours

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Spider silk is stronger than steel

Spider silk is one of the strongest fibers and toughest materials found in nature, – it’s even stronger than steel

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Why are some spiders so hairy?

It appears that some spiders are hairier than others but why is it some spiders need so many hairs covering their bodies and others don’t?

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Meet the most amazing ladybird species

Ladybirds are beetles, members of the family Coccinellidae. They can be found across the world living in woodlands and gardens, where they are particularly welcome for munching on pests such as aphids. Ladybirds display a remarkable array of colours and patterns, as well as some interesting adaptations for avoiding predation…

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You wouldn’t believe how bees communicate

Honey bees have their own ingenious method of communicating, enabling them to direct the other members of their colony to food, water or a new place for habitation.

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20 Fantastic facts about ladybirds

Colourful, spotted and always hungry, ladybirds are a welcome sight.   1. The most familiar ladybirds are red with black spots, but ladybirds can also be orange and yellow, and there are black, pink, blue, and grey ladybirds too.   … Continued

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The strange world of the banana slug

From the genus Ariolimax, there are three species of banana slug; the California banana slug, Pacific banana slug, and the slender banana slug. They are bright yellow in colour and sometimes have a brown spotted appearance, much like a banana.

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How to make an insect hotel – video

It’s the perfect time of year to get creative in your garden. We’ve made this short video showing step by step how to make an insect hotel.

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