Bark beetle The big feed

Bark beetle The big feed

Bark beetle The big feed

The enemy was faster, once again. When Robert Friedrich went to the Tharandt Forest near Dresden in mid-March to set up his experimental set-up, it was already spring-like mild. The scientist had barely left his pick-up truck to take the last few steps to the sunny clearing when a bark beetle landed on the back of his hand. “As if he wanted to introduce himself,” says Friedrich. He has to smile at this coincidence, but also at the symbolism of this moment in the gigantic game of rabbits and hedgehogs: Whatever you humans come up with – when you arrive, we bugs have long been there.