Links to share

I’m loving Sinead Burke right now…I heard her do a Moth story (you know I love The Moth), and this article is awesome: Sinead Burke: Why I Chose To Embrace My Differences More beautiful Irish language for the landscape, arguing that part of the loss of Irish as a language is a loss of our […]

A Howth mining bee colony

Hiking the Howth trail back in June, my ento friends and I came across another mining bee nesting aggregation! Plus, I got to see my first ever Irish Sphecodes, which was super exciting. Most of the mining bees looked a lot like the A. nigroaenea like the other large aggregation I found, but there was […]

Wood mouse friend and the death of my macro lens

Can you spot him hiding in the nettles? This guy was checking me out while I was sampling in the field the other day! Always fun to see urban wildlife. He gradually got so comfortable with me that he ended up sitting right next to my foot, munching on seeds while I was sampling. But […]

Links to share: Pollinator papers edition

You may be thinking that robots can replace bees for crop pollination, but there are a lot of good reasons why that will not work. I know that Walmart has a patent for pollinating drones…although I do not underestimate humanity’s ability to develop new and clever technologies, if we want diversity in our diets (and […]

Green eyes, long legs, Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

I love these little long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae), always one of my favourite fly families. This species is distinctive because a) it’s really common b) the males have white wing tips and c) they do a little mating dance. This is Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

Lyrics to share: Icarus, by the Staves

Day 2 of my lyrics sharing blog game is going to be The Staves, a band which is, arguably, only so amazing because of their angelic harmonies. This is my favourite Staves song, but they have some great ones (like Tired as ****). I always loved this song, not only becuase of the gorgeous sound, […]