In Focus: Wim van Egmond, who is one of our site's major contributors, was invited to present a talk entitled 'A Journey Inside the Micro-world' at TEDx Gateway, Mumbai in December 2016. This has now been shared by the organisers on YouTube. Lasting ca. 9.5 minutes, Wim shares some of his striking video footage of pond life in an engaging way. Well done Wim. It is also the 20th anniversary of Wim's first Micscape contribution and some of the site's most accessed resources have beenprepared by Wim i.e. the Micropolitan Museum and the Pond Life ID suite (see links on the lefthand bar).
Thank you to Stephen Aston (UK) who shared the attractive images below and writes: "The attached photos are of a fly that flew into our back door today and landed on the wallpaper, so the setting is not as natural as would be preferred but the image quality is OK. ... I live in Sutton Coldfield near to countryside and we currently have 2 colonies of tree bumblebees so this may be associated with them as the larvae are often found near the colonies. I believe this may be a Pellucid Fly Volucella pellucens. Photos taken 04.05.2017". Editor's note. A Panasonic DMC-TZ10 camera was used at ISO 80 with typically 1/80 sec and f3.5. Online resources such as Nature Spot note that this hoverfly is 'one of the largest flies in Britain'.
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Listservers: Algae-L'Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae'. Access to Archives possible for non-subscribers. Diatom-L 'Research on the diatom algae.' Access to Archives for subscribers only. Link was current March 2016. Many online diatom resources point to an outdated Indiana Univ. listserver. (With thanks to Rob Kimmich for the current link.)