The second in a weekly series of updates from the voyage’s Chief Scientist Mike Coffin: Welcome to the Furious Fifties, Daily Seminars, Meet our Sensors.
By Kim Pullen – Australian National Insect Collection September is Biodiversity Month, and there is no more diverse class of animals than insects. Of the 1.18 million species of animals that have been given scientific names – or ‘described’, in the parlance of taxonomists – fully one million (85%) are insects. Yet this is only a
By Kim Pullen – Australian National Insect Collection There’s nothing good about flies. They’re either filthy or desperately annoying, or both. But are they all like that? And if they aren’t, who are the real culprits? When I was young and living in Canberra, going outside in summer meant battling with flies. They were in your
A photo shoot is often the perfect chance to get out of your comfort zone, and with National Science Week just around the corner we rounded up two of our scientists to help us out with a shoot for the local paper. Our CSIRO Education team had some charming stick insects on hand, so we decided
By Kim Pullen – Australian National Insect Collection Hawk moths are built for speed in the air. Their smooth tapered body houses powerful flight muscles in the thorax, powering a pair of long but relatively narrow forewings and much smaller hind wings. Not only can they fly fast and far, but they can also expertly