MakeUseOf: Google AR Adds 3D Insects to Its Search Results

MakeUseOf: Google AR Adds 3D Insects to Its Search Results. “Google AR search results are one of the coolest new things to come out of Google’s labs in recent months. After all, who doesn’t want to have a wide variety of animals blasted into their living room on command? Starting today, Google has made its augmented reality search results a bit more terrifying with the addition of 23 3D insects.”

The Roanoke Star: 3D Imaging Expands Access to Rare Insect Collection

The Roanoke Star: 3D Imaging Expands Access to Rare Insect Collection. “The digital collection will include the digitized physical picture or 3D model of the insect and metadata including measurements, chemical compositions, ancient DNA information, and other biological or geographical information. This gives anyone with an Internet connection an opportunity to learn from the past and build on future policies and discoveries. Several scientifically valuable collections in the museum will be digitized, including specimens of federally endangered species and ecologically critical pollinators.”

Commonwealth Journals: New Tool For Identifying Pests of Woody Plants

Commonwealth Journal: New Tool For Identifying Pests of Woody Plants. “The University of Kentucky Department of Entomology has created a new, interactive website to help concerned tree owners identify their insect problems. The ‘Guide to Insect Pests of Woody Plants’ will hopefully be of use to you if you have the pest in hand or if you just have the damage they left behind.”

Phys .org: New insect database to help with forensic investigations

Phys .org: New insect database to help with forensic investigations . “Researchers at Cranfield University are using blowflies and other insects to develop a database which will provide a complementary method of estimating time since death in forensic investigations.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Online Atlas of Aquatic Insects Aids Water-Quality Monitoring

Carnegie Mellon University: Online Atlas of Aquatic Insects Aids Water-Quality Monitoring. “Carnegie Mellon University, working with Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH), the Stroud Water Research Center, the University of Pittsburgh, Clemson University and a set of volunteer biomonitoring organizations, led development of the new visual atlas and digital field guide. It features highly detailed images of 150 common aquatic bugs, such as mayflies, dragonflies and beetles, along with a few mussels, clams and snails of interest.”

Lifehacker: Track Rare Cicadas With The Cicada Safari App

Lifehacker: Track Rare Cicadas With The Cicada Safari App. “A better way to track and document the cicadas in your area is to download the Cicada Safari app (free on Android and iOS) from Mount St. Joseph University. Right now, I can check a map for sightings, and as soon as my local cicadas begin to emerge, I can snap pictures of them for cicada scientists to study.”

CBC News: University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 different bee species

CBC News: University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 different bee species. “It’s World Bee Day and thanks to a new digital collection of images featuring species native to Alberta, the bee community will have a valuable new resource to enable it to study endangered species and develop healthier environments for bees.”

Bham Now: Alabama Butterfly Atlas adds new “search by color” feature. Site includes eggs, caterpillars and more

New-to-me: a site devoted to Alabama butterflies. From the article: “Launched in April 2017, the Alabama Butterfly Atlas (ABA) collects, interprets, and shares information about Alabama’s butterfly populations for the purpose of education and conservation. It puts science-based information into the hands of those who need it—students and teachers, gardeners, conservationists, and green space planners across the state.”

The Ohio State University: Triplehorn Insect Collection asks public to help label Arctic butterflies

The Ohio State University: Triplehorn Insect Collection asks public to help label Arctic butterflies . “The Triplehorn Insect Collection at Ohio State is asking for the public’s help in creating a digital archive of thousands of Arctic butterflies, which were donated in 2015 as part of a larger collection from alumnus David K. Parshall. The goal is to image and catalogue detailed data for each specimen.”

Purdue University: Online tool identifies best and safest places to keep bees

Purdue University: Online tool identifies best and safest places to keep bees. “Beekeepers must… identify safe places to establish their colonies. A new online tool, developed by entomologists from Penn State University in partnership with Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota and Dickinson College, helps them do just that.” Currently the tool only provides information for Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, but more states will be added over time.

EurekAlert: Scientists take to Twitter to study flying ants, starling murmurations and house spiders

EurekAlert: Scientists take to Twitter to study flying ants, starling murmurations and house spiders . “Searching tweets for text or hashtags allowed researchers to gather information on popular ecological phenomena observed in the UK such as the emergence of flying ants and starling murmurations. Their findings are published today in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.”

Natural History Museum (UK): Malaysian insects digitised in international collaboration

Natural History Museum (UK): Malaysian insects digitised in international collaboration. “Museum digitisation specialists are working with Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY). The team is aiming to digitise representative specimens for 5,000 species across a range of taxonomic groups. The focus will be on insects such as damselflies, dragonflies, praying mantids, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, stick insects, moths and beetles. Data will be available to download via the Museum’s Data Portal, and a copy will also be stored in Malaysia.”

NCSU: Recluse or Not? Scientists Use Twitter To Tackle Spider Questions

North Carolina State University: Recluse or Not? Scientists Use Twitter To Tackle Spider Questions. “To help address fears people may have about recluse spiders – including whether they have encountered one – a team of spider experts from the U.S. and Canada is launching a social media initiative called Recluse or Not?”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally. “A new UW2020 initiative will centralize the databases of the university’s five natural history museums, which have separated over the decades to specialize and accommodate growing collections. The 1.3-million-specimen Wisconsin State Herbarium will coordinate with the zoology, geology, entomology and anthropology museums to merge records in a way that allows researchers to study the full scope of natural artifacts in one central location. This digital cabinet of natural history will link the museums’ combined 9 million-plus specimens that span all seven continents, the moon and Mars.”