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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Interview with Jess French

  • Podcast - Jess French, TV presenter and author

    Podcast

    Jess French, presenter of CBeebies series 'Minibeast Adventures with Jess', tells us of her experiences working with children and her joy in seeing their enthusiasm for insects and the natural world. Minibeast-Adventure-with-Jess-SMALLER.jpg Listen to more podcasts by Chris Jeffs Jess French will...

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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.