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.
Honeybees do about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide, which contributes to about a third of the food we eat. But pesticides and climate change have been linked to drastic increases in bee deaths - organizations have been sounding the alarm. In Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, urban beekeeping is now catching on.
According to research conducted in Switzerland, Sweden and Germany, spiders eat more meat each year than humans do, and they could easily eat the human race each year - more than once! Spiders are not only hungry, however; they are incredibly adaptable, arguably terrifying, and understudied. With that in mind, Spectrum is all about these amazing arachnids this week.
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.