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Romance on carrion: the necrophagous insects

14 February 2017, 4pm
at James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen (screened to Dundee site)
for scientists, researchers and other interested parties
N. investigator (courtesy Ashleigh Whiffin, National Museum of Scotland)

Ashleigh Whiffin from the National Museum of Scotland will deliver this Aberdeen Entomological Club seminar entitled “Romance on carrion: the necrophagous insects”. It will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen (and screened to the Institute’s Dundee site).

Carrion insects provide a great service to us by feeding on the carcasses of dead vertebrates and recycling these nutrients. As well as playing a vital role in cleaning up our environment, these insects can also be used in forensic entomology. What is really fascinating however, is their behaviour. Carrion is a limited resource, so those with a taste for rotting flesh must have a competitive edge. From flies that larviposit to beetles that bury, these insects display a range of interesting behaviours that help them find a mate and reproduce.

The talk starts at 4pm with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

For further information, please contact Jenni Stockan, Environmental & Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK. Office: +44 (0)1224 395 239, or Jennifer Slater, Ecological Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.