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Buzzing From the Brink

Little is known about Bermuda's leafcutter bee, but this tiny insect is driving a new wave of genetic research. If you’ve never heard of the leafcutter bee, you are not alone. Dr Mark Outerbridge, senior biodiversity officer at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), hadn’t heard of Bermuda’s only native bee species until he joined the department in 2013, and read the Protected Species Act: “I actually met a few creatures that way,” he laughs.Leafcutter bees are solitary,…


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Are Purple Sea Urchins Immortal?

Sea Urchins are easily spotted in the shallow waters throughout Bermuda. They are especially abundant in Hamilton Harbour and Harrington Sound. 1. Sea urchins move slowly with their tube feet, translucent appendages that they can retract into their tests (shells).…


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Governor Laffan’s Fern

Jennifer Davidson’s beautiful painting of Bermuda’s endemic Governor Laffan’s fern (Diplazium laffanianum) pictured above, was included in an exhibition entitled “Botanical Art Worldwide: Flora of Bermuda,” in 2018. Perhaps she could have painted an equally exquisite endemic Bermudiana but that…


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6 Species Lurking In The Deep Sea Around Bermuda

Those of us who don't even like the feeling of a cow polly nipping at our toes when swimming should be very grateful these terrifying creatures are relegated to living amongst Bermuda's depths.     Lanternfish Lanternfish might be some…


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Monarch Butterflies in Bermuda 

Among the most beautiful – and recognizable –species of butterfly, is the brilliantly-colored Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. Deep orange with black borders and veins and white spots along the edges of their large wings, they were first reported in Bermuda…

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In the Garden: Spring

The transition of seasons into spring welcomes the opportunity for a garden in full bloom. Elizabeth Jones shares with us the most beautiful flowers to plant this month to add a vibrant pop of colour to your outdoor space. Geraniums…