Did scientists really name a species after Deadpool and other Marvel characters?
With two billion people in 130 countries already eating insects, why aren't Aussies eating more "prawns of the land"? By becoming braver in our food choices and incorporating insects into our diet, we can lower our environmental footprint, improve our health and be more connected to our land and culture. We bet you, your friends and pets will really get a kick out of it. So here are four reasons why you should throw another insect on the barbie. Go ahead, we dare you!
Notorious for spreading diseases like malaria and Zika virus overseas, mosquitoes contribute to thousands of cases of human disease in Australia each year. But only half of Australia’s approximately 400 different species of mosquitoes have been scientifically named and described. So how are scientists able to tell the unnamed species apart?
Lord How Island in the south Pacific is more than 7 million years old and home to many unique species of insects and plants,. Here about the discoveries made by Bry the Fly Guy, Dr Juanita Rodriguez and the Australian Geographic citizen scientists while they explore the subtropical rainforests of this World Heritage Listed island.
CSIRO Entomologist, Bryan Lessard and CSIRO Research Engineer, Matt Adcock, explain how they’re making big digital models of some very small insects at the Australian National Insect Collection!
Dr Bryan Lessard, aka Bry the Fly Guy, explains how flies are more than just annoying insects, but help put food on our plates, recycle nutrients in forest and are a beautiful part of our unique biodiversity.
After graduating from the Australian National University, Dr Bryan Lessard has gone on to discover 150 species new to science.
'Paramonovius nightking', a bee fly named after Game of Thrones’ Night King because it reigns in winter and has a crown of spine-like hairs, is one of 230 new species named by CSIRO during the past year.
Bizarre macadamia weevil, deepwater catshark among more than 200 new species discovered by CSIRO in the past year.
A team of international scientists, including Australians, has confirmed that Lord Howe Island stick insects are no longer extinct.The stick insects were declared extinct after rats were accidentally introduced to Lord Howe Island a century ago.
On this episode of Talking Australia, Dr Bryan Lessard aka Bry The Fly Guy explains why flies and other insects are crucial to pollination and why insects in particular are becoming a billion dollar industry.
An insect edition with special guests Dr Bryan Lessard from the CSIRO and Dr Rebecca Johnson from the Australian Museum!
It's a crunchy, challenging Cake of Sunday as we talk about what normally splats on your windscreen. We'll find out what insects taste like in a high protein bar.
Popular culture meets science, as zoologist Dr George McGavin delves into the strange, and often bizarre, names given to insects. (Produced by Andrea Rangecroft)
More than two-hundred new species have been named in the CSIRO collections during the past year. Included in this diverse array are seventy-three ants, thirty-eight beetles and twenty-one flies, and several extinct species perfectly preserved in 100 million year old Burmese amber. Lish Fejer spoke to Entomologist Bry the Fly Guy.
Scientists predict that by 2050 there will be 9.6 billion humans living on Earth and animal consumption could increase by 70%. Could flies be the answer to feeding the growing population?
We wouldn’t have chocolate without flies, and seven other reasons to respect and protect these bugs that bug us, from entomologist Bryan Lessard.
If you’re a fan of Pokémon, then chances are you’re obsessed with collecting every pocket monster you can. But did you know that Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri got his inspiration from insects? Here are 10 more reasons why entomology, the study of insects, is like playing Pokémon in real life.
It’s about that time of year where we start firing up the barbeques. Lucky for us, we have no problem eating our delicious sausage sandwiches because we have teeth (or even knives and forks if we’re feeling fancy) to help us break the food into smaller pieces, making it easier for us to swallow. But flies don’t have any teeth and rely on other ways to digest their food - like vomiting.
A special loathing is reserved for animals that suck our blood. Entomologist Bryan Lessard calls for more appreciation of the virtues of horse flies.
Flies are just like us – they spend the entire day buzzing around with their friends and get pretty tired at bedtime. Before sunset, a sleepy fly will try and find a safe place to rest.
While the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an increase in the average temperature this summer, entomologists are forecasting an increase in insect activity.
Interested in citizen science? Want to collect insects on Lord Howe Island? Join me for this year's Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island Scientific Expedition!
Summer in Australia is defined by sport, but the most-played sport isn’t cricket or tennis – it’s fly swatting. Have you ever tried to swat a fly? You can swipe, slap, slash or swoosh your hands at these sometimes-annoying backyard pests and almost always miss.
A new species of bee fly in Australia has been named after Game of Thrones villain the Night King.
Whether it be energy bars made from ground crickets or gourmet worms at high-end restaurants, demand for edible insects is on the rise in Australia, according to people in the industry.
Think your house is fairly clean? Think again. Scientists, who are for the first time starting to look at the ecology of the great indoors, have found the average house could have about 100 species of insects, spiders and other bugs living inside.
Technology is taking the rising trend of citizen science to new heights with scores of science-savvy kids signing up to help document Australian species and they are bringing a range of skills that could be game-changing.
The second wettest winter on record, a cooler start to spring and higher than average temperatures forecast over summer have created the perfect conditions for a fly population boom. But while that can be highly annoying at the family barbecue, it's not all bad according to the experts.
Most of us would prefer to hear the crunch of a bug underfoot than in our mouths. Yet a growing number of small businesses are bringing creepy crawlies to our dinner plates.
Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has lit up its iconic Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope in a rainbow of colours for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019.
It's easy to think that by now we've pretty well discovered all the animals there are to discover on Earth. So it might be surprising to hear that the CSIRO has identified more than 200 new species of animals and plants in the past year.
Lots of us get a bit freaked out when we spot critters scuttling across the kitchen floor and, instinctively, we reach for the insecticide spray to kill. But there are ways we can deal with bugs without resorting to chemicals, and the uncomfortable truth is there are some creepy crawlies we're better off keeping around.