Ladybirds – wolves in sheep’s clothing
CSIRO research has revealed that the tremendous diversity of ladybird beetle species is linked to their ability to produce larvae which, with impunity, poach members of ‘herds’ of tiny, soft-bodied scale insects from under the noses of the aggressive ants that tend them.
'Barcoding blitz' on Australian moths and butterflies
In just 10 weeks a team of Canadian researchers has succeeded in 'barcoding' 28,000 moth and butterfly specimens – or about 65 per cent of Australia’s 10,000 known species – held at CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra.
Roundworm (Nematoda) research at CSIRO
CSIRO’s systematic research on Nematoda at the Australian National Insect Collection is focused on phylogeny and classification of major groups of economic and environmental importance.
Pollinator decline not reducing crop yields just yet
The well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields, according to the results of an international study published in the latest edition of the respected science journal, Current Biology.
Trapdoor spiders are found across most of Australia and consist of many different species from several families, although not all species build a trap door for their burrow.
Willow sawfly, first identified in Australia in 2005 and now well established in the ACT and surrounding areas (Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Cooma) of south east New South Wales (NSW), attacks both pest and amenity willows.
White-tailed spiders are common in urban environments and are often found wandering houses at night in search of prey. Their bite has been implicated in tissue ulceration; however there has been little evidence to substantiate such claims.
Flies land on Mackerras Medal
CSIRO Entomology scientist, Dr David Yeates, has been awarded the Australian Entomological Society’s 2008 Mackerras Medal.
Ladybird book flies to a Whitley Commendation
A book written by a CSIRO scientist as a guide to the diverse range of ‘ladybird beetles’ to be found in Australia has been awarded a prestigious Whitley Award Commendation in the 2008 Awards’ Systematic Zoology category.
Rare behind-the-scenes peek at national treasures
Residents and visitors to Canberra are in for a rare treat this National Science Week (16-24 August) when CSIRO Discovery reveals behind-the-scenes glimpses of Australia’s National Collections of soils, fauna, flora and insects.
ANIC volunteers scheme: ten years on
In February 2008 the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) Volunteers Scheme celebrated its 10th birthday and 50 000 volunteer work hours.
Carpet beetles are widely distributed across Australia and can be found inside homes and other buildings often causing damage by feeding on a variety of animal products including carpets, clothing, soft furnishings and taxidermy specimens.
Bogong moths have migrated from their breeding areas to the mountains every spring for thousands of years.
Australian summer chorus
Cicadas live a secretive life underground for most of the year but emerge, sometimes suddenly and in great numbers during late spring and early summer to fill the air with their deafening drone.
Christmas beetles arrive on cue
Find out how the aptly named Christmas beetle knows just when to arrive and what impact they can have on the Australian environment.