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More nature photography awards: Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award

I have a friend who is a parasitologist and she always posts the most interesting stuff! The intestinal parasites of King Richard III

Great post by Manu Saunders explaining the recent paper showing declines in insect biomass in Puerto Rico: Insect declines: pay attention

Here’s a direct link to that paper (open access). I agree with Manu’s interpretation…we should be paying attention to studies like this. Are the declines necessarily caused by a warming climate? I’m not convinced of that…it seems like there is any number of human impacts that could be related (eg my work on pesticides is showing me just how ubiquitous they are in the environment): Climate-driven declines in arthropod abundance restructure a rainforest food web

I just discovered this fun Irish entomology blog…focuses a lot on parasitoids, but with lots of fascinating info on various Irish insects. Here’s a good example post on a parasitoid wasp that builds a “podium” under an aphid host: More parasitoid behaviour

Everything you never knew you needed to know about jay spit: You need to know more about jay spit

A paper just out showing no reduction in the pollinator abundance in “undisturbed” montane habitats in the Mediterranean. I think it’s neat that this paper shows how variable and unpredictable pollinators are. Also, wow, two decades of research with nearly 3 million minutes of watching flowers…can’t beat that! Complex long‐term dynamics of pollinator abundance in undisturbed Mediterranean montane habitats over two decades

Flies that parasitize poor bumbles, turning them into zombies…still a relatively minor threat compared to human impacts: The Parasite That Forces Bees to Dig Their Own Graves

I continue to enjoy the blog posts by this grad student at Trinity College Dublin, Fionn Ó Marcaigh…this one is about myths about zoology: Medieval Zoology

How native birds help farms: Native birds bring more benefits than damage to crops, orchards and grazing land, research finds

Tiny bats that hibernate in snow dens…adorable!

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