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National Insect Week returns in 2018

Photography competition winners

A celebration of the most diverse group of animals on Earth. The winners of the prestigious National Insect Week Photography Competition have been announced by the Royal Entomological Society. All the winning and commended images can viewed in our galleries . The winning photographer in the adult...

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Most poisonous

There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.