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Cities need to embrace dark night skies

Brightness harms people’s and other creatures’ health, disrupts ecosystems and changes climate

Lifetime Award for achievement by an individual

Leader and ‘complete bee person’

Editorial: Our moment of reckoning is now

'At the M&G we have committed to redoubling efforts to ensure we offer even greater prominence to the threat of climate change'

We’re causing an insect apocalypse

About 45% of insect species will become extinct in a few decades because they can’t evolve rapidly enough in a world changed by human activities

Tiny beetles cause a giant crisis

Trees in our cities are under serious threat from an invasive species of borer shooting across the country

Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods

Farmers needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance

Sex-crazed dragonfly on ‘suicide mission’

The tiny Pantala flavescens dragonfly embarks on intercontinental flights – sometimes catching a ride on a cyclone – just to find a mate.

Bugged by insects’ many names

Insects have different names not only in each of our 11 official languages, but within each of those languages depending on geographical location.

World’s biggest fly farm coming to Cape Town

Apart from its scenic tourist attractions, the Mother City will soon boast a massive commercial fly farm with 8.5-billion insects.

How to grow your own grasshoppers

United States-based designer Mansour Ourasanah, who grew up in West Africa, has come up with a very different kitchen appliance to help with dinner.

Waiter, open up a can of worms

They’re the ­answer to the world’s food woes, but can we stomach them? James Francis admits eating insects does not fly in the face of reason.

Dung beetles rolling to be cool

Researchers say dung beetles climb onto their dung balls to cool their feet in the midday sun.

Yebo gogga!

Spiders, snakes and other beings that fly or bite or crawl will be on show at Wits's annual exhibition of bugs, plants and animals.

Dinosaurs of insect world discovered

The bugs, preserved in amber, tell tales of forest conditions in India before it crashed into Asia

Insects could be the key to meeting food needs

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation is taking seriously the farming of creepy-crawlies as nutritious food.

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Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

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