(Twitter, Michael Branstetter @bramic21) “… @thecriticalbee has published an amazing paper on the phylogenomics and biogeography of the parasitic bee group Neolarrini…” The original paper.
(Wired) Without a DNA sequencer, two Los Angeles entomologists relied on two of biology’s oldest tools: microscopes and lots of free time. Sifting through thousands of insects previously collected via a citizen science project, they ended up discovering nine new species of small flies. “It definitely makes me appreciate what scientists of the past were able to accomplish with rudimentary tools. I don’t have an ergonomic chair at home; I don’t have a fancy microscope. We are all feeling appreciation for things we take for granted.”
(EurekAlert/Flinders University) As Australian researchers are finding colorful new bee species in Fiji, some of those species are already showing signs of exposure to environmental changes. This raises concerns about the extinction of many highland bee species in Fiji and across all of the tropics.