Tag: entomology

Why flies are way cooler than you think: Bryan Lessard

Bryan Lessard, better known as “Bry the Fly Guy”, is an entomologist who’s dedicated to changing our perception of flies and other insects. He has discovered many new fly species and had the privilege of naming them, often having fun along the way with names such as Scaptia beyonceae, aka Beyoncé fly. On this episode of Talking Australia Bryan explains why flies and other insects are crucial to pollination and why insects in particular are becoming a billion dollar industry. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Wildlife

From extinct to 13,000 hatchlings

Once classified as extinct, the Lord Howe Island stick insect is now thriving in captive breeding – but more work is needed before they are no longer critically endangered.

Wildlife

Land of white cockroaches

Imagine if cockroaches invaded your kitchen, and then ate it up. That’s not a far-fetched scenario, given recent evidence that termites are really tiny social cockroaches.