Saturday, 13 November 2010
Some cool artwork at Creative Review - although their spelling of entomology is pretty terrible....
Friday, 5 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
The IUCN Grasshopper Specialist Group (that also covers other orthopteroid insect orders such as stick insects and mantids) has contributed a number of pages to the IUCN Red List Species of the Day. For a list so far please visit the GSG Species of the Day page.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
At tomorrow night's Science Uncovered event at the Natural History Museum David Nicholson and I will continue our quest to make people like cockroaches.
Come along and say hi, will be around fairly early on but I will be doing some more things with cockroaches at the end of the night with Vince Smith (who will be talking about parasitic lice).
You can also read a blog post I write for the event: Long live cockroaches, man's uninvited fellow travellers.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
"Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the the Amateur Entomologists' Society at our annual Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair.
This is the entomology show to attend. The show takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse near London and exhibitors and traders pack two floors of exhibition space.
The exhibition is open to members of the public and not just members of the AES. Should you wish to join the AES then you can do so on the day but you don't have to be a member to attend. Ticket prices are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be similar to the 2009 prices: £3 per adult and £1 per child. Tickets can be bought on the gate.
Traders include those selling books, equipment, livestock, specimens and food plants. In addition, the show is attended by most of the major invertebrate societies and organisations within the UK."
This is the best UK insect show for the general entomologist, and there will be lots of people selling live and dead specimens, equipment, books, etc. I plan to be there, and will probably be found at the Phasmid Study Group table.
One of Erica's volunteers has written a post on her Curator of Diptera's blog. Since then we have been to Exmoor on fieldwork, I have put a few photos up on Flickr but there are more to come.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
This photo (and there are a few more on the Flickr stream) is of a Hawthorn bush that was infested with caterpillars of a moth from the family Yponeumetidae. Commonly called Ermine moths there are hundreds of species, and many of them form communal webs. When this photo was taken the caterpillars had already pupated.
The best guess at species is Yponomeuta padella.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Thanks to Max Barclay for posting the link to this on Facebook: Unusual Tea Additive. (Max thinks the beetle is liekly to be Gametis jucunda.)
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Friday, 2 July 2010
Just a brief post to announce that my Natural History Museum and Phasmid Study Group colleague Judith Marshall has co-authored this new book on the Praying Mantids of Europe and the Mediterranean. I have a copy and while I haven't had the time to get beyond the introductory chapters it is excellent (and lavishly illustrated with line drawings and photographs).
Saturday, 19 June 2010
David and I will be doing the talk again on Monday: Insects Rule the World 21/06/2010.
I have details of my past and present talks online: Talks by Ed Baker.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Monday, 31 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
The original article by Conrad Gillet is available in Scarabs:
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
It's amazing how much science journalism doesn't quite cut the mustard (I love that phrase). I haven't even read the paper Geographic parthenogenesis and the common tea-tree stick insect of New Zealand yet - but I have some doubts about this article on Voxy: Sex? Female Stick Insects Can Take It Or Leave It.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
I quite often get asked for information about insects that look like sticks but aren't stick insects. I rarely get asked about protozoans.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
A shout-out to you UK types living in the South-West, the next BugFestSW is on the 20th February. For more details check out the BugFest website.
Saturday, 13 February 2010
First of a new YouTube series... pretty basic stuff, but a good introduction (with lots of energy).
You have to feel slightly sorry for it really....
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Last month I published the first issue of a new journal dedicated to invertabrate rearing, called (surprisingly) Invertebrate Rearing. The journal covers all aspects of keeping inveretbrates in captivity, whether it is for research or pleasure.
I have kept this species before, but it's large size and relative docility make it a good choice for events (like Nature Live) where insects are handled in front of an audience.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Via Deep Sea News: Octopus Just Trying to Catch Some Zzz’s
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 3 January 2010
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