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Author: Andie Hall

Take a closer look…

A colleague of mine was in the news last week after discovering a new species of wasp. Whilst that’s quite interesting, it’s not particularly newsworthy, given the vast number of species yet to be discovered (see my previous blog post on taxonomy). What made this newsworthy was that his discovery wasn’t made in the remote rainforests of Borneo or the amazon – but in a school playground in Kent.


Honeybees have been in the news alot, but what about their cuddly cousin – the bumblebee? They’ve received less attention, perhaps we think that since they don’t produce honey, we can do without them? No bumblebees = no chips!

Taxonomy – dull, stuffy, boring?

Taxonomists face a huge task. Just 1.5 million of the estimated 8.7million species on the planet have been catalogued- yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate.