Of genes, genus and genitalia

Can you judge a book by its cover? Does the external appearance (or morphology) of an individual tell you something about what’s happening inside? Does knowing where an individual is physically found tell you something about what’s happening inside? We’re often told not to judge a book by its cover…

Different flavours of jelly: species diversity in bluebottles

When I was a kid growing up in South Otago, my family would go to the Rosebank Lodge for a meal on special occasions, especially around Christmas. One of the highlights was the special parfait dishes with traffic light jellies in them, suitably festive with their red then orange then…

Geraniums: New New Zealand diversity

Geranium aff. microphyllumPhoto by Mollivan Jon Geraniums are a common plant genus with more than 400 species worldwide. New Zealand has its own share of species with seven native species and nine introduced species. There is, however, a reasonable level of variation within some of the native species, including variants…