Do you remember when hordes of large, brightly coloured scarab beetles used to descend on Aussie summertime gatherings like mobile festive decorations? by John Pickrell Image credit: Stuart_Cox/Shutterstock Christmas beetles were said to be so numerous 100 years ago in the Sydney region that they could be found floating in the harbour in huge numbers […]

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Coccygidium luteum. Photo ©Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) In a recently published study led by CABI, researchers assessed, under lab conditions, the effect of the endoparasitoid wasp, Coccygidium luteum on the leaf rate consumption of its host – fall armyworm larvae. Published in Insects, the paper found that the leaf consumption rate…

via Study finds endoparasitoid wasp can reduce fall armyworm leaf consumption rate by up to 89% — The Invasives Blog

Belenois aurota The Brown-veined White could probably be South Africa’s most commonly seen butterfly, occurring throughout the year and migrating in their millions between December and February away from areas of overcrowding in the arid west towards the Mozambique Channel, laying batches of around 20 eggs at their point of departure and along the way […]

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This is a very interesting article by Damian Carrington on light pollution and the rapid decline of insect populations, which mirrors a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.” The article underlines that these collapses have been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico. Here are excerpts from The Guardian. Light pollution is a significant but overlooked driver of the rapid […]

via Light pollution is key ‘bringer of insect apocalypse’ — Repeating Islands

(CNN) — Je suis B. Instagram gained a new French influencer and her name is B. She does what all good influencers do — takes carefully posed selfies, posts enviable travel shots and answers cheeky Q&As. There’s just one thing that separates her from all the other influencers. She’s a bee. Just “check out that side bee…” That’s right. B. has two wings, six fuzzy legs, and a sweet little dusting of pollen all over her yellow and black thorax. […]

via This Bee ‘Influencer’ Is Using Instagram To Buzz About Bee Conservation — Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS