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Friday, 30 June

Rising temperatures bring “sex-cannibal” insects to Berlin

The impacts of climate change are resulting in the arrival of a variety of new insect life in Berlin and Brandenburg.

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Friday 30, June

Rising temperatures bring “sex-cannibal” insects to Berlin

Rising temperatures are bringing a new cast of particularly creepy insects to Berlin and Brandenburg. As well a variety of jumping spider and so-called ‘bark bugs’, a species of “sex-cannibal” praying mantises are being spotted around Berlin and Brandenburg.

Usually only found in Mediterranean areas, this creepy crawly has been moving north.

This particular species of mantis is quite a nasty customer. Its preferred diet consists of grasshoppers, flies – and its mating partners. Usually only found in Mediterranean areas, this creepy crawly has been moving north. First it was seen in south-western Germany’s warmer wine-growing regions and now, according to biologists and nature conservation experts, Brandenburg and Berlin are getting a visit due to the effects of climate change.

Jörg Müller is a consultant ecological monitoring at the Heinz Sielmann Foundation who determines the impact of climate change through observation of species like the praying mantis. Rising temperatures mean landscapes and grasslands become drier and wetlands fewer and further between, bringing new species into previously uninhabitable areas.