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It has since been identified as from the wolf spider family
Out of America: More GM crops mean more herbicides – which destroy the food the insects need for their epic migration
Colonial class with modern luxuries
Some of Britain’s most beautiful moths, such as the stunning garden tiger moth, have crashed in numbers over the past 40 years as part of a widespread decline, a new report reveals today.
A once-extinct moth has recolonised large parts of the UK by gaining a foothold in abandoned industrial sites, conservationists said today.
Butterfly numbers fell by more than a fifth across the UK last year, a study has revealed.
Breakthrough may pave way for new biomaterials that could be used in medicine and engineering
From a baking-hot spring to a chilly summer, 2011 played havoc with our plans, our wardrobes – and our native wildlife.
With wings as big as a bat's, the death's-head hawkmoth is the most extraordinary of the insect visitors
The continuing survival of Britain's most-threatened butterflies has been put at risk by swingeing government cuts, conservationists are warning.
This week sees the start of the biggest ever survey of Britain's butterflies. But don't worry if you don't know your Peacocks from your Red Admirals - Stephen Moss gives his guide on how to wing it
British butterflies are expected in spectacular abundance this year, with more than a quarter of all species native to the isles having made their earliest recorded appearances as a result of the warmest spring for 351 years.
Three sodden summers brought many butterflies to the brink of extinction. But now Britain's most endangered species are making a comeback thanks to 2010's Indian summer and conservation efforts.
Facing a press conference later in the morning, Henry Cecil played down Frankel's work yesterday as "his final quiet piece" before the first Classic of the season on Saturday. Those who witnessed the young champion's latest detonation, however, would testify that "quiet" was just about the last word to describe the way Frankel once again scalded his lead horse, exploding several lengths clear. His trainer did admit that he has been delighted with Frankel's progress, since resurfacing at Newbury 11 days ago. "I'd be very surprised if he's not a better horse now than he was then," he said. "But we've still four days to go, haven't we?"