Consider the insect. Appreciate. Respect. Sometimes eat.
02 November 2015
Cricket Mas Kahwin (aka mahr aka dowry aka lobola)
Oh, man. The decorated cricket has a way, he woos the female, brings her a dowry of a gel-like protein-rich sac that is attached to the spermathophores which will eventually release the sperm. Such slick evolution, so romantic. Just read this article on DW.com about research done at the Max-Planck-Institute for chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany by researcher Yannick Pauchet. Dr Pauchet's research is focused on insect digestive systems and he may indeed be the single coolest man alive.
'Stop bugging the bugs: the world as we know it would fall apart without them' by Pia Addison, Senior Lecturer in Insect Diversity at Stellenbosch University, Western Cape.
The full article is available via subscription.
We did one savoury and one sweet serving, the ingredients were all foraged/sourced direct from the producer or a shop that sells products from producers just out of town, like Margot's Back Area Gardens shop.
20 April 2015
The Space Life crew were brave enough to try live ants (with respect and caution) on air. This podcast just gets better and better, discussing topics from Artificial Intelligence to Homo naledi, Mars One to Dinosaurs. See here.
These photographs were taken in 2007. It was only until 2015 that I realised it's not a green bottle fly but a Cuckoo Wasp, Family Chrysididae.
This emerald jewel lay glistening on my table in the sun. Dead for at least a morning.
The porcelain tiles are my own, with copper carbonate, lustre gold and glaze finish. They are insects found in the south of Africa, some species we never think about, like Scorpion Flies and Tiger Beetles, to common insects like Harvester Termites or Common House Fly. Insects need to be everywhere, so many things have swayed us against insects, from industrial agriculture to the anti-bacterial movement (and many things in between). We've been taught that insects are pests, dirty and need to be controlled. Insects need to be everywhere, from actually factually being everywhere (as is the nature of insects) to being art on our walls, in our fashion, motifs on our furniture and houses. It's awareness I'm advocating for, if you can think about insects more intricately you will surely open yourself up to understanding so much more about every other life form that exists.