May Berenbaum has written an excellent editorial on the many failings of journal impact factors
Wow, a caterpillar that ‘shouts’ at would be predators
Ray Cannon writes about the wonders of dragonfly wings
More on insect declines, their causes and ways to minimise them
A pair of researchers found evidence that the insect population in a Puerto Rican rainforest was in free fall. But another team wasn’t so sure.
Failing exams doesn’t stop you becoming a professor
Why you should get out more – Visitors to urban greenspace have higher sentiment and lower negativity on Twitter
The Understory – excerpted from Robert MacFarlane’s recent book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, “The Understory” is an examination of the life beneath the forest floor.
A fun visual time-line highlighting 100 years of UK forestry
Lovely obituary of a forest entomology legend – C.S. (Buzz) Holling
When tree planting actually damages ecosystems – interesting article from Kate Parr and Caroline Lehmann
What natural smaller changes in climate have done to human civilisations should really make us worry about what lies ahead
Studying the history of science is more than the interpretation of ‘landmark’ texts but must involve following ideas in circulation- studying both the people speaking on behalf of the dead scientists and the consumers of that information. Mendel as an example in this blog from the John Innes Centre.
Urbanisation of water courses has detrimental effects on damselflies
Mating damselflies from Ray Cannon’s excellent site
This recent paper suggests that plant sucking bugs feeding on plants (in this case citrus trees) where the levels of neonicitinoid insecticides are too low to kill the pests, can instead kill beneficial insects that feed on the honeydew produced by the pests
Do we realize the full impact of pollinator loss on other ecosystem services and the challenges for any restoration in terrestrial areas? Interesting article from Stefanie Christmann
Collaborating with artists to improve science communication
On a similar line, Peter Pany and colleagues at the University of Vienna, have come up with an idea to cure plant blindness or as they put it “to encourage plant vision”
This artist’s oil paintings of women are considered the most realistic in the World
How resilent is your garden?
Angela Saini’s third book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, makes the compelling case that scientific racism is as prevalent as it has ever been, and explores the way such backward beliefs have continued to evolve and persist and here is a review
They may be small but they can move very large distances – insect migration in the news
Edible insects? Lab-grown meat? The real future food is lab-grown insect meat
Good advice from Megan Duffy on writing your discussion – to be sure
Aphids are wonderful – a long time ago they borrowed some virus genes to help them decide when to produce winged individuals
Here Stephen Heard defends the use of parenthicals
Botanists are arguing amongst themselves as to whether plants have brains or not – what do you think?
What sort of conservationist are you?
Manu Saunders on the windscreen phenomenon – another viewpoint on insect declines
Picture from Erica McAlister’s (@FlygirlNHM) Twitter stream – Picture held in the NTNU University Museum, Norway
Eradicating invasive vertebrate predators could help save rare insects
Are you bringing something nasty back with you from your exotic holiday?
We really must stop using plastic so much – it gets everywhere ☹
Insects as a protein source
Many people’s first memories of the countryside come from visiting a National Park.
Great article by Christie Bahlai and colleagues – Open Science Isn’t Always Open to All Scientists – You can follow Christie on Twitter @cbahlai
Finding and climbing the tallest tree in the World!
A lament for declining wild bee populations
Interview with Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson about her new book Terra Insecta and the title change forced on her by her Amercian publishers
Bees seeking blood, sweat and tears is more common than you think Manu Saunders (@ManuSaunders) and Toby Smith cast a critical eye on the recent story of the eye-dwelling bees
A very interesting, if somewhat gruesome video, of a botfly larva being removed from a human
Continuing with the fly stuff, here are some maggots having an evening meal 🙂 Seriously though, the article is all about using insects as food
And continuing with flies and food – don’t forget that bees are not the only pollinators
Now some hungry mosquitoes, which are of course. also flies
More flies – this time on how to stop them eating your wheat crop
Cockroach farming for food and medicine
Beetles like light too
Magnificent Monarchs in flight – a moving experience
A musical introduction to insect orders
A moving video from a teenage girl about insect extinction
Not a painting, but a photograph I took through the train window – in between Sete and Montpellier
Even hares eat meat sometimes
Continuing the carnivorous theme, an Interesting article about pitcher plants
The iconic palm trees of the south of France are under threat
Hope for the future? Blog post by Joern Fischer about sustainability
And here Jeff Ollerton reflects on the above
Another name for biodiversity offsetting, but it still doesn’t add up
A call for more common names for moths
How insect art can become entomological outreach
Ted MacRae on his latest insect collecting trip – some fantastic photographs
How to thread a needle easily – fantastic but does it actually work?