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People are swarming to a Dunedin restaurant to eat locusts. Vault 21 executive chef Greg Pine stated the lower Octagon restaurant had sold out of locusts since putting the insects on the menu on Friday. "We can't keep up."
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On any ranked list of nasty diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas in the Western world, Borrelia burgdorferi, would have to lie near the top.
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Infecting mosquitoes with bacteria could help stop them spreading Zika, an early Brazilian study suggests. Scientists have given mosquitoes the Wolbachia bug and then later exposed them to Zika virus.
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Bed bugs might be developing thicker "skins" to help them survive exposure to common insecticides.....Insecticides are the most common way to kill them, but they have quickly developed resistance.
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Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the bed bug to help work out how to eliminate the pest, which has been developing resistance to existing insecticide sprays.
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Spiders generally don’t carry hankies. So when a gentleman spider of a newly discovered Australian species wants to get a lady’s attention, he move the next best thing: his paddles.
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It is like a scene from a horror film: spider webs several metres wide that are home to thousands of spiders. Why did these spiders turn social. Eight legs, eight eyes and a pair of venomous fangs – the average spider is so well-equipped that it's easy to see why arachnophobes are terrified. But there is one saving grace: at least spiders are solitary, so they are usually encountered in small numbers. That's certainly what I thought.
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A newly-discovered spider has been named after rock star David Bowie, in an effort to raise awareness about the number of arachnid species threatened with extinction.
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Hairier skin may be the key to avoiding being bitten by bed bugs, claim Sheffield academics.
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It only takes a single fly to alight on your picnic lunch to make you uneasy about what germs may have landed with it. But what harm can come from a fly landing on your food? Should you throw it away?
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