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When you’re a spined soldier bug laying eggs, they can be “Any Colour You Like”

When you’re a spined soldier bug laying eggs, they can be “Any Colour You Like”

By Paul Abram PhD Student, Université de Montréal When Pink Floyd recorded their epic, psychedelic instrumental “Any Colour You Like” for the classic album Dark Side of the Moon, were they inspired by a predatory stink bug? Well … probably not. The spined soldier bug (Podisus maculiventris), can’t actually lay any colour of egg it likes – […]

The flight of the backswimmer: dispersal behaviour in a freshwater insect

The flight of the backswimmer: dispersal behaviour in a freshwater insect

By Celina Baines Have you ever thought about what a pond-dwelling insect might do if it doesn’t like the pond it lives in? People generally assume that these insects are stuck where they are, but actually, many freshwater insects have wings and can fly. This movement between ponds is an example of a process known […]

Canadian Entomology Research Roundup: April – June 2015

Canadian Entomology Research Roundup: April – June 2015

As a graduate student, publishing a paper is a big deal. After spending countless hours doing the research, slogging through the writing process, soliciting comments from co-authors, formatting the paper to meet journal guidelines, and dealing with reviewer comments, it’s nice to finally get that acceptance letter and know that your work is getting out there. The ESC […]

The joys of insects at dawn

The joys of insects at dawn

When is the last time you got up at dawn to see some insects? Never? Well let me tell you, it is an absolutely fabulous time to get out and see what is really happening in the world. Everyone knows that the dawn is the time for going out to see birds, but the birds […]

Missed Mandate, Missed Biology: The ongoing “Mother Canada” debacle in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Missed Mandate, Missed Biology: The ongoing “Mother Canada” debacle in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Opinion Piece – M. Alex Smith, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph (salex@uoguelph.ca; @Alex_Smith_Ants; http://www.malexsmith.weebly.com) —- Like many Canadians, I have been hearing more and more about the so-called “Mother Canada” development in Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP). Proposed by a combination of private funding in partnership with the federal government, this enormous […]