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?
How dinosaurs got their name
It seems that most scientists only have temporary careers 😦
Yes, as we suspected, competitive grant writing is inefficient and wastes scientist’s time
Stephen Heard explains how William Caxton inlfuenced how we report statistics
You don’t need fossil fuels to keep the economy running
Drawing specimens (rather than taking a photograph) is the best way to learn about morphology and taxonomy
Continuing with the botanical theme, plant blindness, yes it is a thing, probably worse than insect blindness which I have written about in the past
Incredible blueness – Ray Cannon on butterfly wings
Electrifying – flying spiders
Earwig wings – real life origami
Jeremy Fox asks “Did Darwin have a blind spot?”
Time to get more young people interested in taxonomy
On the same lines, an interview with Maya Leonard, author of the Beetle Boy trilogy and newly released Beetle Collector’s Handbook
Great to see someone starting a Natural History course at university level
Did you know that insects have had a huge influence on science fiction films?
Neither plant nor animal – a new branch on the tree of life?
Why museum collections are valuable and need preserving
More on the global decline in insect numbers and why we should be worried
A nice piece of research where the media headline is so wrong: “Ants in Florida collect the skulls of other ants to decorate their nests” – see the actual paper here and make up your mind 🙂
How locust ecology inspired an opera
Using Twitter for ecological research – lots of great examples
An excellent explanation by Stephen Heard of how to present statistics in scientific writing
Some great ant pictures
Fascinating – insects made from discarded circuit boards – the art of Julie Alice Chappell
How insects cope with winter
Half of the UK’s aquatic insects now contain microplastics!
A nice article about a weevil that pretends to be a fly!
Would you eat insects to prevent global warming? An interesting paper on ways in which consumers might be persuaded to do so
More about the alarming decrease in insect numbers worldwide – link to the original article here
An excellent analysis of the same article by Manu Saunders and why it is so important