Weekly words – What’s an insect ever done for me?

Kangaroo Island’s resident entomologist Richard Glatz has prompted an interest in insects that’s spreading across the island. He sees insects as the ‘movers and shakers’ of ecology and is prepared to talk about their importance to anyone who’ll listen.

He’s not alone. David Urry has beautifully summarised Eight things insects do for us in The Guardian. It’s UK based but true for Kangaroo Island and just about anywhere else.

And there’s more. Cabbage white butterflies adopt a V-shaped posture to heat up their flight muscles before take-off. Researchers at the University of Exeter (UK again) are mimicking this posture to increase the power output of solar panels by 50%. The research was published in Scientific Reports, a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature.

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