Alice Springs, central insects sampling and the 49th Australian Entomological Society Conference

Central Australia is a severely under sampled region for insect diversity. Therefore, when an opportunity arose to travel through the red centre to attend the 49th Annual Australian Entomological Society Conference 2018 held in Alice Springs, we jumped at the chance. Two and half weeks of intense fieldwork, dusty everything and entomologists galore yielded some … More Alice Springs, central insects sampling and the 49th Australian Entomological Society Conference

Digitisation of the sleepy lizard long term dataset

The fantastic staff at the Flinders University library have taken on the mammoth task of digitising our long term sleepy lizard dataset. This dataset includes over 55,000 records of sleepy lizard observations from our Mt Mary/Bundey Bore study site. They recently provided us with the below diagram of their progress to date. A tremendous effort! … More Digitisation of the sleepy lizard long term dataset

A description of a brand new species of wasp, Hyptiogaster arafura!

LEGS PhD student Ben Parslow’s work on Gasteruptiid wasps has  uncovered a new species, named for the locality of its discovery. It is the first species of the endemic Australian genus to be found in the Northern Territory, and has a unique yellow-brown coloration with an elongated proplueron (neck). Congratulations to Ben – Keep up the … More A description of a brand new species of wasp, Hyptiogaster arafura!

James Dorey makes lead article and front cover in the latest Australian Geographic issue

James Dorey joined LEGS in February 2017 for his Honours year, but he already had a prolific career photographing insects, and bees in particular.  His work on bees formed the lead article in the latest issue of Australian Geographic and one of his amazing photographs was used for the front cover.  Read more about it … More James Dorey makes lead article and front cover in the latest Australian Geographic issue