It is still five weeks until Christmas, but we have already started with gift wrapping.
What would you say about getting one of these beautiful gifts, covered by eco-friendly reusable breathable stylish net, instead of a bunch of cheap wrapping paper? The gift itself is a bit unusual, but certainly an original one. Just do not hesitate for too long to unwrap it, as it would fly away after a week or two (or three)!
It is a lot of fun, when you are trying to rear hoverflies in different temperatures. The Eristalis larvae are very agile and could mix up easily, when crawling around the box. Fortunately, we are masters of original solutions! This time, it ended up in these beautiful "gift boxes". I love them so much!
By Malin: Yesterday I had the pleasure to have the wonderful and inspiring Emily Baird and her PhD student Pierre Tichit visiting the lab from Stockholm University. It's always great to have the possibility to discuss ongoing projects with other scientists, and especially when they to have experience in insect behaviour, knowing the struggles flying insects can put you through. Sadly my flies wouldn't perform for my visitors (they are so far blaming stage fright or outright ignoring me), but hopefully Emily and Pierre will be back in the lab some other time when the flies will feel more like showing off their aerobatics.
The hoverfly vision group can be found at 2 locations: At Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and at Uppsala University in Sweden.