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In just a few days we’ve gone from sleet and snow to a high of 11ºc. We humans can easily change our clothes to suit the conditions but the see-sawing temperatures must be creating problems for the insect world.

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Some, like these Meliscaeva auricollis hoverflies, emerge from their winter hibernation when the temperatures start to rise, then get knocked sideways when the mercury plummets and the snow starts to fall. Hopefully, they’re able to find shelter from the icy blasts so they can re-emerge at a later date.

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