By Demi Gao - See how insect vision inspires machine vision. Can our hoverflies help with bionic eyes in the future?
- Olga Dyakova
When you need to find a paper - ask Malin! Thanks to her there is a useful set of reading regarding flies' morphological analysis.
By the way, the analisys itself of Episyrphus, collected last year (read more about it soon here and in my blog), has finally started!
By Malin Thyselius - The field season for territorial Eristalis males is quickly coming to an end in Sweden, the spring flowers have bloomed over and the weather have been tricky to work with the last weeks. But with the end of one season comes the beginning of another. The season where males are non territorial and females are easier to spot is upon us. Now all that is needed is some beneficial weather and of that I'm optimistic.
By Marissa Holden – The ultimate pest of working in an insect laboratory is runaway specimens. Nothing breaks my heart more than opening the lab door every morning to find fugitives flies recklessly buzzing about the lab. Regardless of whether they sneakily fluttered out of their enclosure whilst a fellow inmate was being prepped for an experiment, or escaped as larvae, the outcome is always a lengthy chase around the lab with an oversized net. Unfortunately for future escapees, I have hung a solution from the ceiling. Fly papers, which were angrily purchased after a frantic 2 hour chase. Hopefully this $5 contraption will not only save hours of time, but also scare courageous flies out of making a foolish decision.
Here's a pretty good summary of why there are so few women that code, compared to men. It's written using Australian statistics, but is relevant at least for Sweden as well.
The hoverfly vision group can be found at 2 locations: At Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and at Uppsala University in Sweden.