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
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