The Week on Sunday 18

The Week on Sunday begins with this video featuring  Georges Brossard (founder of the Montreal Insectarium) in the series Insectia(1999). This episode takes place in Madagascar, showing some cool orthopterans and a jeep-mounted net for night time bug catching.

I haven’t seen this show myself. It has some good macro photography, and Brossard is certainly quite a character. I’m curious what entomologists think about this series.

♦ See part 2 of Insectia: Entomology is catching, with Madagascarian(?) entomologist André Peyrieras, who was also robbing wasps to collect jewel beetles, as does Ted MacRae.

♦ Looks like I’m exploring the wrong graveyards! In London they have found a rather rare spider within the tombs.

♦ And speaking of spiders, the Home Bug Gardener  momentarily escapes his winter wonderland to bludge on a spitting spider...(did he say “spitting”?) that are found the world over. He goes on to touch on other arthropods that produce silk in an non-traditional manner.

♦ In Endless Flies Most Beautiful, Matthew Cobb from Why Evolution is True, does a review on Stephen A Marshall’s book Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera. (Firefly Books 2012) It looks like this will have to be a book for my shelf as well. Dr. Steve Marshall is one of the most prolific bug photographers anywhere, author of the tome Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America. Just looking at all he has produced (let alone his work as a professor and the Collection Director at University of Guelph) is enough to make this bug photographer feel totally inadequate.

That’s all, folks. Until next week…


This entry was posted in Arachnid, Blog Link, Book Review, Canada, Collection, Diptera, Documentary, Video, Week on Sunday, Winter.


  1. Ted C. MacRae 20 January, 2013 at 10:13 AM #

    Thanks for the linkback!

    Just one quibble – “MacRae” 🙂

  2. Ted C. MacRae 21 January, 2013 at 9:33 AM #

    Finally got a chance to watch the Insectia video – absolutely charming (esp. w/ the French accent!).

  3. Sean McCann 21 January, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

    Thanks! I remember watching Insectia several years ago. It will be fun checking it out again.

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