Winner of 'Dance your PhD 2011': Smell mediated response to relatedness of potential mates
Watch 2011's winning 'Dance Your PhD' video by Wadham biology tutor Cedric Tan! Through a well-choreagraphed dance he depicts his research into fruit fly behaviour, showing how male flies court their prospective mates, and how females make mate choices based on males' smell. His dance also shows that male flies compete less if they are more...
Lockdown Walks - Disappearing Bugs
During Barley Rose's lifetime, about 75% of the world's flying insects have disappeared. Join us for this episode of 'Lockdown Walks' where she explains some of the reasons behind this loss, and shows you some of the native UK insects that are under threat.
Learn more about insects.
Here you'll find an illustrated guide that will help you identify various different kinds of insects, an interactive quiz for identifying insects that you might discover in your garden, and results from the Bug Quest projects run by the Oxford Museum of Natural History. In these Bug Quests, schoolchildren can visit the museum for training...
Lockdown Walks - Is this a fossil I see before me?
You find fossils on the beach, right? If you're really lucky and spend ages looking? WRONG! Fossils - by which we mean the preserved remains of ancient life - can be found all around us! Including, as Matt Sutton tells us, in the centre of town...Make sure you look out for one next time you're out for a walk around town!
Killers 1 - Mosquito genomes and malaria control
Can studying Mosquito population genomes help to stop the spread of Malaria?
Malaria is a huge problem, affecting millions of people worldwide. Mosquitoes spread the disease by passing on a parasite as it feeds on blood. Dr Alistair Miles talks us through one part of the puzzle of tackling the disease; through understanding mosquito...
Draw bugs and bacteria from images through microscopes, and make magical monoprints. Drop-in, all ages.
Learn more about the insects on display at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Did you know that 75% of all animal species are insects?
This information sheet from the Oxford University National History Museum will tell you all you need to know about the insects the museum has on display, including its honey bee hive and its giant spiny stick insect!
Where have all the cicadas gone?
The New Forest cicada is the only cicada native to the UK. During May to July it sings with a very characteristic high-pitched song, which is at the limits of human hearing, and is particularly difficult for most adults to hear. Sightings of the cicada within the New Forest date back to 1812, but the last unconfirmed sighting was in 2000!
Immunology taught by bees
As many of us are painfully aware, bees and wasps are best known for their irksome ability to deliver a nasty sting. But what isn’t so well known is that the contents of the sting can provide insights into how the body detects attacks from the outside world, and...