Insect ID Workshop

Shared from LSE – fun piece. Thanks!

Here’s a re-blog from the London School of Economics’ Sustainability bee blog.  It’s fun, but it’s also a reminder not to judge a book by its cover. (In this case, the book is better.)

LSE Bees

Can you spot anything wrong with the book cover shown below? (The answer is below the picture.)


Yes, the insect in question is a fly, not a bee.

In a similar vein, Guardian article about bees published last month was accompanied by a photo of a hoverfly, an error which they later corrected:

guardianStave Hill Ecological Park, which organises many fantastic events for nature-lovers, recently organised a free Insect ID Workshop – a fun way to learn about insects and avoid embarrassing errors like the ones above.


LSE Bees was represented by yours truly (Sroyon), and former president Amelia Sharman.

The workshop began with an introduction to the ecological park by site manager Rebeka Clark. Grant Smith and Dawn Scarfe of soundCamp played recordings of insect calls and gave tips on how to identify crickets and grasshoppers by sound. The field workshop was led by entomologist Mike Fray. We walked around the beautiful…

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About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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