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Why the world needs Dung Beetles

To celebrate National Insect Week 2016 we thought we would introduce you to the custodians of the Hope Entomology Collection here at the Museum. Our insect collection is made up of a whopping 6 million specimens, so our resident entomologists definitely have their work cut out. 373 more words

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Episode 8 - the chilled-out episode

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In this episode Katie is tired, so we are chilled out.  Tim tells of an experience as a disembodied spirit at a party.  Katie has a cool idea for a party experiment, and explains why she thinks it’s a good thing to spill wine on people.  157 more words


Nature’s Waste Management Team

A Spotlight Specimens special for Oxford Festival of Nature

By Darren Mann, Head of Life Collections

One cow can produce over nine tonnes of dung per year. 365 more words

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Shake It at the Sky

“And there’s very many lazy beetles that are just waiting around to steal the balls of other industrious beetles and often there are big fights in the dung piles,” he said.

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A box of beetles

Recently I was wondering around Kinloch Rannoch in Scotland admiring the beautiful scenery whilst walking my dog. As I looked down at the undergrowth I noticed lots of these dung beetles (Geotrupes spp.) crawling around. 289 more words

BENHS Insect ID Weekend @ Sussex University

This year, the BENHS hosted an insect ID weekend on the 7th and 8th May at the University of Sussex, it organised by Craig Perl and Alan Stewart. 423 more words