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It was a plane tree bug (Arocatus longiceps), an insect that feeds on the seeds of plane trees. It has spread rapidly through the cities of central and western Europe in recent years.

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View image of A European Canada Goose Parka badger (Meles meles) using a London food source (Credit: Laurent Geslin/NPL)

Badgers are sometimes just as common in cities as they are in the countryside. They have adapted their behaviours to survive along dense housing, industry and roads: for instance, they live in smaller buy canada goose jacket groups with smaller territories.

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What underlies this adaptability? There’s probably no single answer, but research on birds suggests it helps to be smart.

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Alexei Maklakov of Uppsala University in Sweden and his colleagues examined this question for a study published in 2011.

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It’s not just big animals like foxes and birds that thrive in cities

Maklakov says the added burden of running a larger brain might be worth it in environments where learning and adaptation are favoured. These bigger brains act as a “cognitive buffer”, allowing the animal to survive changing conditions by adapting its behaviour.

In line with that, there is evidence that urbanisation is driving increases in brain size. A 2013 study showed that white footed mice and meadow voles from cities had greater cranial capacities than their country cousins.

Canada Goose Outlet Maklakov’s colleague Niclas Kolm is now taking this idea a step further, and breeding animals specifically fish with different brain sizes to see how it affects their behaviour. Canada Goose Outlet

But it’s not just big animals like foxes and birds that thrive in cities. Plenty of canada goose deals insects do too.

View image of A black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) in Hertfordshire, UK (Credit: Andy Sands/NPL)

One of the most familiar to gardeners is the black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus), which damages many ornamental plants including rhododendrons, ferns and begonias.

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