Our Insect overlords.
Are they multiplying?
Tipperary-based apple farmer and horticulturist Cornelius Traas writes:
I Had a van driver delivering to me yesterday. His van was covered in squashed insects (see above). He said he hasn’t seen the likes in 25 years. I was noticing the same a few days ago.
Our chat ensued about how this was mostly just because many less vehicles on the road at the moment. Then we went on to discuss how many more are probably now surviving due to less traffic. And then to how much of a factor traffic is in insect decline.
And conversation then went to possibly mathematically modelling the contribution of traffic to loss of insect life in Ireland. Always felt it was a major factor. This looks like evidence.
The symbiotic relationship between nectar-harvesting insects and blooming flowers, explored in sumptuous high definition by filmmaker and colour artist Thomas Blanchard.
The insects were shot in 8K resolution and the blooming flowers are made up of over 5,000 high-definition photographs so full screen for best effect.
A possible insect.
The most sinister of all insects.
(Thanks Emma-Jane Dempsey)
Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) graduate Lara Hanlon has won the Shenzhen Design Award, a Unesco project for sustainable design ideas by people under the age of 35.
“éntomo, a food brand and online resource.”
“…that encourages people to explore insects as a new, sustainable food source.”
That’s probably the most disgNOMNOMNOM
Shenzen Design Award
Thanks Annie West
A branding concept for Copenhagen fashion store PARISTEXAS by Danish design agency Scandinavian Design Lab what sez:
With this contrast-filled universe, the solution seeks not only to break with the traditional perception of beauty and fashion – it also challenges the classic approach to working with identity. The primary identity element is not only a logo, but also a symbolic universe with a life of its own.
Fair enough so.
Spring is arriving earlier each year and it is turning the tight relationships between birds, trees and insects on their head.
The amount of change is significant, said Dr Alison Donnelly of Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for the Environment. Beech trees growing on Valentia Island, Co Kerry, now begin breaking leaf a full month earlier than they did 40 years ago, she said.
Birds that migrate from the sub-Sahara now tend to arrive about seven days earlier than in the past, including the common cuckoo, bard swallow and sand martin. But this is late compared to their main food source, the insects, whose numbers rocket weeks earlier as they feed on sap delivered by the opening leaves.
Have you spotted any anomalous bird, insect or tree behaviour?
All ‘What the hell is up with this bird/insect/tree, Broadsheet?’ sightings to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warm Spring Upsets Links Between Birds, Insects And Trees (Irish Times)
A tiny catapult hurls tiny pies at a selection of insects. To the sound of the Viennese Whirl, eh, Waltz.
A thing of great beauty. And a mobile phone ad, obviously.