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Bug Brothers: insects and other arthropods
  The secret lives of bugs (series)
  Terrestrial invertebrate ecology
Insects make up 99% of Earth’s biodiversity and are an important part of our environment. Dr John Gollan, Research Fellow in the School of the Environment at the University of Technology Sydney, puts the world of invertebrates under closer inspection.

  Ant misbehavin' - the fire ant is!
Tiny aggressors that decimate the local insect populations.

  Cockroaches
Spare a thought for these ancient earth dwellers.

  Termites: ancient, diverse and succesful
Termites are abundant and successful species. Termites are closely related to cockroaches and are ancient (originating some 145 million years ago), diverse (over 3000 species), widespread (all continents except Antarctic) and endemic to Australia. They account for some 20% of the animal biomass in rainforest areas so their numbers are huge compared to other animals. They are prey for ants, anteaters and other opportunistic predators. Because they make up 20% of the animal biomass, different colonies compete with each other for resources. Dr Thomas Bourguignon, from the Sydney University School of Biological Sciences, discusses some of the reasons why termites became so successful.

  Good press for termites
Think tunnels before mounds

  Fleas for all seasons
Bryce Peters discusses some of our pets' closest companions.

  Fabulous flies and marvellous maggots
Dr James Wallman, from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong points out that while many people equate insects with creepy crawlies and are quick to squash or spray them, the descriptors of harmful, dirty, and dangerous applied to insects is unwarranted as they play a vital role in how the world functions.

  Fruit fly
A growing concern: Dr Marianne Frommer, from UNSW’s School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences, outlines new developments in the control of fruit flies.

  Mosquitoes (flies in disguise)
Bryce Peters, from the Insect Research Laboratory at the University of Technology, Sydney, probes the world of a well known insect pest – the mosquito.

  Biting midges
The Plus Side to Repellent Bryce Peters, from the University of Technology Sydney and an urban entomologist, looks at sandflies, an insect that affects people usually outdoors and in and around their homes.

  Toxic and venomous relatives
The paralysis tick and some Australian spiders are located in the Venoms and Toxins category

  Tracking long and short term memory in bees
Until recent decades, it was thought only humans had lateralized brain but increasing research on vertebrate and invertebrate species shows this is not the case.


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