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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Stag Beetle Larva Stridulating

The Stag Beetle is the largest beetle in the UK and is found on the south east of the country. The larvae live in decaying wood and are known to make deliberate sounds (stridulation) by rubbing their middle and hind legs together. It is not known why they make this sound. The recording was made with a custom-built contact microphone.

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Compressing cockroaches

Cockroaches can withstand forces 900 times their body weight by compressing their body cavity.

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