Wildlife crossword 18
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8 Tree of the soapberry family that bears small rounded fruits with white flesh and reddish skin (6)
9 A spider or scorpion, perhaps (8)
10 Malham ___ is a wetland reserve in North Yorkshire; also a lake (4)
11 An owl, falcon or eagle (4, 2, 4)
12 See 27 Down
13 Large North American gamebird that may be greater or gunnison (4-6)
17 Gregarious small dabbling duck; males have green eyepatches and chestnut-coloured heads (4)
18 The final and fully adult stage of an insect (5)
19 ___ ants are notable for their large predatory foraging groups (4)
21 Venomous rockpool animal (3, 7)
23 The ___ monster is a lizard native to the USA and Mexico (4)
24 Small jumping insect whose nymphs cover themselves with froth known as cuckoo-spit (10)
28 River in north-east England on which the Portrack Marsh and Bowesfield Nature Reserves stand (4)
29 Plant in the mallow family with showy, trumpet-shaped flowers; native to subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world (8)
30 The ___ bird of paradise is native to the rainforests of New Guinea; males carry a two-pronged, iridescent blue shield on their breasts (6)
1 Broadleaved deciduous tree that distributes its seeds as ‘keys’ (8)
2 Critically Endangered rodent related to the viscacha (10)
3 County in which most of the Peak District National Park is found (10)
4 Large bovine of South Asia, also known as the Indian bison or seladang (4)
5 The ___ shark may be longfin or shortfin; the latter is a visitor to UK waters (4)
6 The ___worm is a long-bodied clam known for boring into wood that is in seawater (4)
7 Nocturnal forest mammals of Africa and Asia that produce a musky scent (6)
14 Excrement of seabirds (5)
15 Straggling plant also known as cleavers, sticky willow and robin-run-the-hedge (10)
16 Butterflies in the family Pieridae, named for the male’s brightly coloured wingtips; commonly seen in spring and summer (6-4)
20 Flowering deciduous tree or bush, notable as the preferred food of the silkworm (8)
22 Insect that has a pair of pincers on its abdomen (6)
25 The ___ hypothesis views the Earth as a self-regulating community of organisms (4)
26 Another name for the killer whale (4)
27/12 Lepidopteran that lays its eggs on willows and poplars (4, 4)
Main image: Tawny owl perching on branch, England, UK. © Mike Pearce/Getty
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