• A new species for Scotland

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Genevieve Dalley tells us about her discovery of a new flying insect species for Scotland. 

    A new species for Scotland

    In June this year I went to RSPB Insh Marshes in search of freshwater invertebrates. And I wasn’t disappointed! Amongst a wealth of interesting and local species was the star: Molanna angustata, a new species for Scotland.

    Molanna angustata

    Sometimes the most unassuming…

    • 13 Oct 2014
  • Do insects make good parents?

    RSPB Trainee Ecologist Kirsty Godsman explores the parenting skills of insects after finding out some fascinating facts about carrion beetles.

    Do insects make good parents?

    Last month, I discovered something fascinating about a closely related group of species commonly known as the carrion beetles or Sexton beetles (all belonging to the genus, Nicrophorus). This is a group of beetles that anyone with a moth trap might…

    • 9 Oct 2014