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Large bee-fly, Bombylius major

Bee-flies and false widow spiders top Museum request list

Spring flies that mimic bees make their annual appearance in our identification unit.

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Emma Sherlock, Museum Curator of Free-living Worms

Earthworms: humble underground heroes

Museum scientist and champion of earthworms Emma Sherlock shares her passion for these vital invertebrates.

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