Melbourne Rail Works Lead to “Rat Plague”: A rat on a sidewalk

Melbourne Rail Works Lead to “Rat Plague”

Major underground tunnel works ongoing in Melbourne have unleashed a swarm of rats to the city. According to Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle, thousands of “subterranean” vermin have come out from hiding in recent months due to the metro rail tunnel construction.

Birds vs NBN: A sulphur-crested cockatoo

Australia’s NBN Being Pecked Apart by Birds

Australia’s national broadband network (NBN) is being pecked apart by birds. nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, has revealed that “native parrots have recently been found feasting on spare power and fibre cables strung from NBN Co’s near 2,000 Fixed-Wireless towers”.

Using Lasers for Bird Control: A laser on a blueberry farm

Blueberry Farm Uses Lasers for Bird Control

Last summer, a blueberry farm in Oregon was desperate to solve its bird problem. The year before, the farm had lost more blueberries to hungry birds than in any previous growing season, with robins and starlings devouring 25% of its crop.

Edible bugs: A smoothie bowl with cricket powder

Edible Bugs: The Next “Superfood” in Australia?

Edible bugs are being advertised as the next ‘superfood’ for their impressive nutritional content. According to Australian entomologist Skye Blackburn, she believes people could all be eating protein-rich ants, crickets, mealworms and scorpions heartily in the future.

New Zealand Wasp, Lusius malfoyi and namesake, Lucius Malfoy

‘Good’ New Zealand Wasp Named After Harry Potter Character

In the attempt of clearing the tainted name of wasps native to New Zealand, a Kiwi researcher has named one species after a Harry Potter character. Unlike similar pests, New Zealand parasitoid wasps do not sting nor live in colonies. To redeem their soiled reputation…