A hidden microcosm of intrigue

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments by

On 21st August Dr Simon van Noort, Department of Natural History, Iziko South African Museum, will present a talk entitled ‘Exploring the wonderful world of wasps – a hidden microcosm of intrigue’ at the SAAO Auditorium in Observatory, Cape Town at 5pm.

Wasps are super-diverse with 20 000 species described from Africa alone, but hundreds of thousands of species await discovery and description entailing exciting field expeditions into remote areas of this vast continent. The talk will showcase the microscopic lives of this biologically diverse group of insects as well as the field work and research undertaken to discover and document Africa’s wasps. I will touch on some of the fascinating biological interactions including the life styles of marine wasps and fig wasp pollinators and will explore the spectacular diversity of form and colour present in this group of ecologically important insects.  These WOW factors of colours and structures are documented through special photographic techniques that provide a unique insight into a rarely appreciated nano-world.


*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : Coming from the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue to the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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