Posts by Andrea Wild
Aussie beetles rolling poo balls, delighting scientists
All dung beetles are scarabs. Some dung beetles roll poo. Not all poo-rolling beetles are scarabs. What’s the answer to this (we)evil riddle?
An eggs-traordinary move for our egg collection
What’s it like to pack and move 12 million scientific specimens, including a fragile bird egg collection? We're about to find out.
Why we love taxonomists
Each year, our taxonomists describe and name around 200 new species, from weevils and weedfish to weird plants.
Our research collections are going digital
Millions of specimens held in our National Research Collections Australia are going digital for science.
Moths swarm on Queensland bank
The current population explosion and mass migration of moths and butterflies in Queensland is due to recent rain.
Bushfire impact on Australian plants
Many Australian plants have strategies to cope with fire and some species even take advantage of bushfires to germinate.
A Game of Flies: naming 230 new species
During past year we’ve put scientific names on around 230 new species, including a bee fly that resembles the Night King.
Eggshell forensics solve the riddles of ancient birds
We have achieved the delicate and intricate task of teasing DNA sequences from the shells of non-ratite birds, opening up egg collections in museums around the world as a resource for DNA-based research.
10 things you need to know about collections
First compiled by explorers and natural historians, now ecologists and other researchers, collections are catalogues for the phenomenal diversity of life on Earth, which—in a world of receding ecosystems—are only growing more important as records and reservoirs of understanding.
Species richness: our EOFY stock-take reveals over 200 newly discovered species
In the last year we've discovered and named over 200 different species including fossil insects, a catshark from PNG, a macadamia-blighting weevil, and a daisy known from just 20 individuals.
Environomics: Protecting our environment from the genome upward
Environomics (short for environmental genomics) means we can deliver environmental information fast, accurately and on a very large scale.