Critter Corner: look up your local longhorn
By Andrea Wild Legend has it that Titanus giganteus – a longhorn beetle from the Amazon – can snap pencils […]
Would you like to SUPER SIZE that bug?
We've used our 3D printers to recreate minuscule insects, like weevils and Christmas beetles and scaled them right up to almost 40 times their original size.
Insect of the week: weevils in the malt, and everywhere else
By Kim Pullen – Australian National Insect Collection In 1720, a J. Strype wrote in Stow’s Survey of London that […]
What do red dragonflies mean?
The Gooniyandi people of the Fitzroy Valley in the tropical Kimberley region of Western Australia know that the appearance of red dragonflies is a much better indicator of the march of seasons than a glance at the old wall calendar.
Two million species and counting: completing the catalogue of life
By Owain Edwards and Raphael Didham. We have just returned from a month collecting insects in the National Heritage-listed Kimberley […]
The flies of March are upon us
There are about 400 species of March fly in Australia. Some of these feed on flower nectar and pollen but the majority prefer a helping of blood.
The Lord Howe Island stick insect and the case of the ship-wrecked rats
On Balls Pyramid, a sheer rocky island off the coast of mainland New South Wales, the Lord Howe Island stick […]
The answer, my insect friend, is blowing in the wind
By Kim Pullen – Australian National Insect Collection Insects hide their enormous diversity well. We may hear that several thousand […]
Scribbly gum ‘scribbles’: an ancient dialect written in the trees
The secret life of the scribbly gum moth has been revealed, including how and where these moths develop and how they make their scribbles.
The Pink Underwing Moth fools predators with its colour
By Kim Pullen – Australian National Insect Collection To look at a Pink Underwing moth (Phyllodes imperialis) resting you would […]
The Plague Soldier Beetle isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds
It's still a mystery why the green and yellow Plague Soldier Beetle, found in temperate southeastern Australia, occasionally builds up to massive numbers.