From creepy crawlies to those that buzz and fly, insects are all around.
These invertebrates with exoskeletons represent the most diverse group of animals on the planet - it's estimated there are up to 10 million different species. From pollinating crops to breaking down waste, insects play important roles in ecosystems and provide valuable services, also to humans.
Germans have been well and truly bitten by the shopping bug, currently ranking in the top three of Europe's biggest buyers of clothes, electronics, household goods and games and toys. No big surprise given it’s Europe’s single largest economy. However, there is a growing body of people who don't buy into the consumer dream, and to shop at what are known as "Umsonstläden," or giveaway shops.