Monday, 31 May 2010

Pestival Blog

I was recently asked to blog on the Pestival website, an offer that I have accepted. But don't worry, Invertebrate Diaries will stay here, but in addition I will be blogging at ttp://

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sao Paulo Collection Destroyed

Throughout the world many millions of natural history specimens are stored in flammable liquids. Just occasionally something incredibly tragic happens.

The Butantan Institute in Brazil is a leading research centre, which had over 85,000 specimens of snakes and nearly half a million spider and scorpions. Unfortunately it seems the building had no fire alarms or extinguishing systems.