Butterflies: from tattoos to transects

Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

Butterflies: from tattoos to transects

Peacock Inachis

Speaker: Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation

Friday 15th November 2013, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.

For most people, butterflies are the glitterati of the insect world. As a result of this immense popular appeal, butterflies pervade human culture and are widely used, aesthetically and symbolically, in everything from art masterpieces to tattoos, advertising logos to high-brow literature. This popularity also has major scientific benefits. Tens of thousands of people participate in citizen science butterfly recording projects each year, so that, though few in number, UK butterfly species are probably the best studied insects in the world. The information is vital in conserving Britain’s rapidly declining butterfly populations, but also underpins cutting-edge research into the biodiversity impacts of climate and land-use change.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

INVERTEBRATES AND US – the good the bad and the ugly
Free Lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

Invertebrates provide us with “ecological services” that many take for granted: they pollinate many of our crops, turn waste materials into fertile soil, provide food for birds and other animals, and assist us to control pests. But some invertebrates pose problems: they may themselves be pests in agriculture, or parasites on us. Invertebrates are easily ignored. This lecture series outlines the vital roles that invertebrates play in our lives.

Image: © Leonie Berwick

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