Signed in as:
Signed in as:
Bry is the 'ologist' of the hour, singing the praises of flies and all the wonderful things they do with the talented and ever curious host Alie Ward. DO NOT YOU SKIP THIS ONE - it will make you laugh!
Bry chats with the fabulous Ann Jones on this hilarious ABC podcast about tiny insects farming other insects, especially the ones that like to lick bums...
Minister of the Environment Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP and Bry celebrate some of the 626 new species named in Australia: from fluffy hairdressing crabs 🦀✂️ to salsa dancing spiders 💃🕷️
"A crab that finds cunning disguises, a chest-bursting parasitic wasp, and an aquatic plant that grows its own floaties are among the more than 600 native plants and animals discovered to science in the past year, adding to Australia’s already long list of unique wildlife" - Mike Foley
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!
A lot of people never get past an aversion to insects, and for the sake of humanity, it would be better if they did. Insects are critical to the success of many natural systems – think plant pollinators – but remain poorly understood; it’s thought that up to three-quarters of the world’s insect species remain undescribed.
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?
The rise in temperature along with wet weather has created ideal conditions for blow flies to be buzzing around your house and yard. The ABC's Dan and Jenny spoke to entomologist Dr Bryan Lessard, who explains what attracts blowflies, as well why they're so important to our ecosystem.
A buzzing fly in your house can be annoying. But did you know that flies can be beautiful... and they provide valuable services.
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.
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!
Weaving creative, heartfelt or even risqué words into the formal Latin names for new species has long been common in taxonomy — the science of classifying flora and fauna.
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.
Entomologist Bryan Lessard says the soldier flies look like ‘little gems buzzing around the forest floor’
Entomologist Bryan Lessard hopes to draw attention to the underappreciated insects and inspire young LGBTQ science-lovers.
Scientists are using new technology to speed up the discovery of species new to science before it's too late.
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.