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Pick and Mix 28 – some video treats

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

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Pick and Mix 27 – some things I found of interest; perhaps you will too?

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?

 

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Pick and Mix 26 – more gleanings from around the world

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

 

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Pick and Mix 25 – Natural History, Entomology & Ecology

 

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

 

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Pick and mix 24 – pretty much all about insects this time!

 

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

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Pick and mix 23 – links from far and wide

For entomologists, a gender gap remains in academic, government employment

Food is not waste until it is wasted – find out where and when by reading this

Warning signs to look out for at academic interviews – great post from Terry McGlynn

Social media is not a waste of time – it can be used to monitor phenological events in Nature

Interesting paper – Connections with Nature and Environmental Behaviors – the plastic bag experiment is both novel and revealing

Terry McGlynn again – this time on the use of mobile phones in class

 Excellent Open Access paper from Seirian Sumner on why we love bees and hate wasps

Climate change may not all be gloom and doom for UK butterflies – interesting article from Richard Fox of Butterfly Conservation

What are the main causes of tropical deforestation?  Results of a new study show that commodity crops and forestry account for just over half of forest loss

A really interesting article about crop domestication and how the rush for yield and palatability has increased susceptibility to pests and diseases and reduced genetic diversity

 

 

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Pick and mix 22 – making connections

Dogs as kitchen utensils – this was apparently a real thing

If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer

Fictional scientists doing their thing

Museum collections and curators need saving urgently

Spreading the word about entomology to tourists in Ecuador

Some great arthropod – mainly spiders – tee-shirts at reasonable prices

What is your niche? Some great advice for Early Career Researchers from Manu Saunders

Markus Eichhorn on the angst of moving jobs and clearing out his office

Strange to say I remember people saying that the Odyssey was based on history about 40 years ago; the wheel reinvented yet again

A great link for those of you who like Alice in Wonderland

 

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Pick and mix 21 – a cornucopia of links

There may actually be more Hymenoptera than there are Coleoptera!

Some book aren’t just for reading – wonderful hidden art

Fighting bats with long tails – moth evolution

Are you working on the right problem?

Bang, crackle, flash – Interesting paper about insect and arthropod names for fireworks

Inspired by the recent World Cup the John Innes Centre held their own version to champion discoveries they have made over the last 70 years 🙂

Insects through the Looking Glass – using Lewis Carroll to foster a love of insects

Victorian entomologists had a lot of fun – great post from Manu Saunders

A great post about science communication via Twitter by Stephen Heard

Spots on butterfly wings – what are they for?  Ray Cannon has some thoughts

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Pick and mix 20 – visual treats from the web

Imagine a galaxy populated by Star Wars insects!  Great illustrations by Richard Wilkinson

Do you like orchids?  Watch this

How to recognise Anthracnose plant diseases

Beautiful bees

Hawkmoths and their parasitoids in action – beautiful stuff from Gil Wizen

Magnificent butterfly videos

Very informative article about Giovanni Garzoni and some great insect details in her paintings

Artist creates amazing insect sculptures using nothing but old car parts and scrap metal

Really interesting article about insect Biodiversity in Meiji and Art Nouveau Design

You can’t help but feel sorry for the poor old Daddy Longlegs, but it is very interesting to see how they are able to adapt to losing their legs

 

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Pick and mix 19 – a mixed bag

George Monbiot on how big coroporations are using viral marketing techniques to rubbish their opponents and even get scientific papesr retracted – very disturbing if true

When should a non-aggressive exotic species be demoted to a harmless naturalized resident?

David Zaruk on the two sides of communicating the perceived and real risks of pesticides

It turns out that moths and butterflies are a lot older than we thought – 70 000 000 years older!

More evidence that plants talk to each other

Why imaginary treehouses help children engage with Nature

Embedding real insects in resin – a great outreach tool

Taxonomy is essential for global conservation, not a hindrance

Why you shouldn’t kill or remove your house spiders

And yet more evidence to show that insects are under threat, this time from climate change

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