Monday, January 07, 2019

bugs in the system

The true bugs and allies (Hemiptera) have a bad reputation and serve as a metaphor for everything that malfunctions, but looking at the biosphere at a systems level, surely they are a feature rather than a bug in the system? A recent paper on bug diversity and evolution made me realise I have never written about bugs, so I set out to fix that bug, errr, that gap in my CV.

Here's the feature about bugs not being bugs but features:

Beneficial bugs

Current Biology Volume 29, issue 1, pages R1-R3, January 07, 2019

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This is a Chinese spittlebug species (genus Philagra). The nymphs of spittlebugs produce their characteristic spittle to protect themselves. (Photo: Christopher Dietrich.)

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