I couldn’t use this image on the journal cover so I will use it here. New paper just out looking at the heritability of iridescent colour in hibiscus harlequin bugs. The seeds of this were sown back when I was in Australia and it’s really nice to see it out. Find it at the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Bugs on the cover
My photo made the cover of Evolutionary Ecology! Check out the full issue here.
Colourful bugs vary with the weather
The first paper from my time as an Endeavour fellow in Australia is out! Learn about warning signal plasticity in hibiscus harlequin bugs over at Evolutionary Ecology
I dashed back to the UK over new year to attend PopGroup51 in Bristol and present my current work on shiny bugs!
I’m currently in Australia(!) and will be here for the next 4 months on an Endeavour Fellowship, working on the ecological and genetic basis of colour variation in Hibiscus Harlequin Bugs (Tectocoris diophthalmus). I’m based at Macquarie University in Sydney, working with Mariella Herberstein and Kate Umbers.
Hibiscus Harlequin Bugs have contrasting pattern made up of orange colouration and iridescent blue patches that vary considerably in size between individuals and populations. Northern populations have far less blue colouration, and may even be completely orange. Furthermore this variation has been shown to influence survival against different types of predators. My work will focus on the causes of this variation, both within and between populations.