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Wasp uses zinc-tip drill to lay eggs

Earth News - 29th May 2014
A parasitic wasp has evolved its own zinc-tipped drill bit to bore into fruit in order to lay its eggs, scientists reveal.

Cane toad relative hits Madagascar

Earth News - 29th May 2014
A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar and could cause ecological disaster, scientists warn.

Largest fossilised croc tooth found

Earth News - 28th May 2014
The fossilised tooth of a prehistoric crocodile is recorded as the largest of its kind found in the UK.

AUDIO: Animals 'have platonic friendships'

Earth News - 28th May 2014
Animals with big brains such as elephants, horses, killer whales and some primates have close platonic friendships, according to the New Scientist.

Bats may be moved for development

Earth News - 28th May 2014
Bats and badgers living on the site of a proposed industrial development in Oxfordshire could be rehomed.

Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo

Earth News - 27th May 2014
A huge area of peatland is discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville, scientists report.

The paintings 'made better with cats'

Earth News - 27th May 2014
Artist Svetlana Petrova speaks ahead of an exhibition of her work featuring famous portraits featuring her big ginger cat Zarathustra.

The strange profusion of portmanteau dog names

Earth News - 26th May 2014
The trend for cross-bred dogs and their funny names.

From pet shop to primate primacy

Earth News - 25th May 2014
How a Leicestershire zoo became one of the most important animal parks in the UK.

Fox and hedgehog share bite to eat

Earth News - 24th May 2014
A fox and a hedgehog are captured on a webcam sharing a meal in the garden of a Suffolk wildlife enthusiast.

Equine artwork helps launch festival

Earth News - 23rd May 2014
A horse becomes a "living artwork" to help launch the annual Spring Fling festival in Dumfries and Galloway this weekend.

Nature inspires flying robot design

Earth News - 23rd May 2014
Engineers and biologists are working together to create the next generation of nature-inspired flying robots.

VIDEO: Nature inspires flying robot design

Earth News - 23rd May 2014
Engineers and biologists are working together to create the next generation of nature-inspired flying robots.

Flies take time over tough decisions

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
A study shows that fruit flies take extra time over difficult decisions and a set of 200 neurons, marked out by a particular gene, may be crucial.

Hoopoe 'overshoots' to Borders

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
An exotic-looking bird is thought to have overshot its migration to southern Europe and ended up in the Scottish Borders.

Barn owl chicks stolen from nest

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
Six young barn owls are stolen from a nest during a break-in at a mill.

Car fires sparked by nesting birds

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
Car owners in Orkney are warned to check under their bonnets regularly after a spate of fires caused by birds nests.

Tarka the Otter writer's hut sold

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
A hut used by Tarka the Otter author Henry Williamson for his writing has been sold ahead of its auction.

VIDEO: Wild beavers 'destroy flood defences'

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
Wild beavers are making a return to several Perthshire rivers - delighting conservationists but upsetting some farmers.

Rare orchid found at sewage works

Earth News - 22nd May 2014
A rare orchid is discovered at a Dorset sewage works.