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The Delightful December Moth

The December Moth, Poecilocampa populi, is found all over the UK. Because it is more resistant to cold than most other moths, the adults are common in parks, gardens and woodland during late autumn and winter. Marvellous Moths Many people don’t give moths a lot of thought. Most have incredible camouflage and they often fly… Continue reading →

Super Science Saturday – 27th November

People & Planet Come along to the museum for this fun family Science Fair, Saturday 27th November, 12-4pm. Meet scientists and community organisations to learn more about current environmental research and projects. Find out what scientists get up to and how they research the effects of our lifestyle choices on the planet and the things… Continue reading →

Captivating Cardinal Beetles

Michela Sisti is a volunteer with the Museum’s Entomology Digitisation project. Originally from Canada, she now lives in Oxford. Like many people, she has loved all sorts of creatures from the time she was a child, but the recent lockdowns really brought her close to the natural world again. She has taken a break from helping… Continue reading →

Insects up close

On the first floor of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, at one end of the insect gallery, by the café, is an interactive screen. This displays one of my favourite parts of the insect gallery. The wonderful world of Microsculpture. This was originally an exhibition in the museum, Microsculpture: The Insect Photography of… Continue reading →

Trapping the Spotted Fruit Fly

The Spotted Wing Fruit Fly, Drosphila suzukii, (known as ‘SWD’ for short) is a small but potentially devastating pest that attacks soft fruits. Here’s how to make a simple trap from a plastic bottle. You can then see if you have caught any fruit flies and send your results to an exciting citizen science project.… Continue reading →