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Mealworm Beer - a brewer reveals all
If you've ever considered using insects to make beer (yes it is unlikely, but you never know) then this blog post from Siren Craft...
14-05-2013
Pestival on NOWNESS
 NOWNESS magazine has a beautiful gallery of photos featuring the dishes the Nordic Food Lab created for Pestival, and manage...
14-05-2013
A Guardian film about Nordic Food Lab and Pestival collaboration
 This short film on the Guardian website today captures well the excitement of last week's visit by the Nordic Food Lab and t...
09-05-2013
BBC News pays a visit to Pestival
BBC News sent a reporter down to the Wellcome Collection see what strange delights the Nordic Food Lab were concocting in its kitc...
07-05-2013
Nordic Food Lab heading this way!
Nordic Food Lab - the world-renowned culinary research institute founded by Noma restaurant - are on their way from Denmark t...
29-04-2013
Pestival in the Huffington Post
Susana Soares' illuminated insect traps got some well-deserved attention in the Huffington Post this week, along with a write up o...
29-04-2013
Who's The Pest? on Culture24
Culture24 are licking their lips at the prospect of spiders for lunch in this preview of our Who's the Pest? fest: http://www.c...
29-04-2013
Beautiful bug biscuits in the New Scientist
The New Scientist reports on the 3D printed insect biscuit factory we have on the go at our Who's the Pest? installation at the We...
25-04-2013
Who's The Pest? makes App of the Day
The new Who's The Pest? game developed by Pestival and Wellcome Collection has been made App of the Day!  The game allows the...
25-04-2013
Insect au Gratin
 The Telegraph have a fantastic gallery of images from Pestival's Insect au Gratin installation at the Wellcome Collection. &...
24-04-2013
Who's The Pest? on Radio 4
Radio 4 got the insect buzz last month with a three part series in which entomologist Erica McAlister took a look at, among other ...
13-04-2013
Who's The Pest? in Londonist
 Londonist picks its highlights of the upcoming Who's The Pest? symposium at the Wellcome Collection.  Shown in the phot...
13-04-2013
Times Higher Education welcomes Who's The Pest?
 Dr James Logan is conducting a walking tour called 'Secret Insects of Bloomsbury' as part of our Who's The Pest? festiv...
13-04-2013
The Guardian on the environmental benefits of eating insects
The Guardian highlights our Who's The Pest? festival as an example of the current interest in using insects as a food so...
13-04-2013
In The guardian: Live and Roar
In The guardian: Live and Roar           Axolotls are salamander-like creatures that can regrow t...
23-06-2012
Upcoming Live and Roar event in the London Evening Standard
Upcoming 'Live and Roar: an Axolotl Odyssey' event in the London Evening Standard     Click here for free tickets...
19-06-2012
Highly ANTicipated Ant Ballet on BBC News
Highly ANTicipated Ant Ballet on BBC News            Read full article and watch video here &nbs...
25-05-2012
Pestivaler Ollie Palmers Ant Ballet in Dazed and Confused
Pestivaler Ollie Palmer's Ant Ballet in Dazed and Confused       A celebration of all things digital, the ...
23-05-2012
Flower power for bees
Want to help save the bees? Then start growing the right kind of flowers and plants!   Biologists at the University of Suss...
22-02-2012
Ant painting
Ant painting is all the rage... for scientific purposes of course!   Here's a fascinating (and instructive, if you fancy gi...
14-02-2012
Jaron Lanier points Pestival to 165million year old love song!
New friend of Pestival, the author, composer and scientist Jaron Lanier has pointed out some amazing news to us: A pure, single-fr...
09-02-2012
Scientists create bulletproof skin from spider silk
The delicate fibres that spiders spin have been used to create a material which can repel speeding  bullets. And it's four-ti...
01-02-2012
Great images from Entomophobia @ Wellcome Collection
We've got some great new images that have just arrived from the wonderful Entomophobia event Pestival directed in the Forum at the...
31-01-2012
Pestival packed the house at Wellcome Collection
Pestival helped hundreds of people overcome their fear of insects at a packed event in the Forum at the Wellcome Collection one Th...
23-01-2012
Entomophobia @ Wellcome Collection
Roll-up! Roll-up! Peer at what you fear   Pestival’s carnival of creepy curios will take you to the weirdest cor...
18-01-2012
Poor little zombees
Poor old bumblebees, their numbers have been decimated in recent years as bee colonies collapse, and latest research suggests thei...
13-01-2012
Merry Xmas everyone! May you all have a very pestive one and a happy new year. Here's a wonderful animated film made in Moscow in...
24-12-2011
W.A.S.P, or an actual wasp?
Wasps can recognise other wasps of the same species perhaps with even greater accuracy than we humans can spot a W.A.S.P (white an...
13-12-2011
Chill out with the world's hardiest insect
With winter finally arriving, we thought it appropriate to tell you about an insect that can survive in the planet's most extreme ...
06-12-2011
Pestival Ant Ballet at ZSL London Zoo: Coming soon!
Ant Ballet | Pestival 2011 from Ollie Palmer on Vimeo. Pestival's incredible Ant Ballet, directed and arranged by Ollie Palmer ...
30-11-2011
Cyborg insects to the rescue
Cyborg insects could soon be helping in disaster zones search-and- rescue operations, or, more sinsterly, be flying around a secur...
29-11-2011
The amazing robot ant-roach
Is it a cockroach? Is it an anteater? Is it an elephant even?! No, it's an ant-roach!   Those fantastic inventors and educa...
23-11-2011
Why do flies like beer?
Well, who the hell wouldn't! No, seriously...   Have you ever wondered why flies love buzzing around beer so much? Are our ...
22-11-2011
Ants can learn, it's official. Plus great ant pics.
New studies show that ants, along with other insects, are far from just being the instinctive machines which hatch, all ready to g...
15-11-2011
Short film winner, and Metamorphosis, the Opera!
 Time flies when you’re having lunch... In the last week, our friends over at Imagine Science Films gave their Nature S...
26-10-2011
Wasps revolt in garden centre
 A giant wasp nest was removed from above a shelf of insect killer in a Taunton garden centre, with the nest measuring 6 foot...
11-10-2011
They seem at first very cool and a good way of collecting butterflies without killing them! Yet is this just a sign of the future ...
06-10-2011
By mimicking liquids, ants stay afloat on top of waterRain may seem a harmless nuisance to us humans, but for ants, it's a big dea...
21-09-2011
'App'ealing to the micro-curios
 New Technology has allowed the guys at the Science Photo Library to capture insects closer and clearer than ever before. Ent...
09-09-2011
 Pestival friend Mark Moffett has won the Reader's Choice award at The Scientist's 2011 Labby Multimedia Awards for his video...
09-09-2011
Horse chestnut threat from conker'ing' moth
The beautiful horse chestnut tree, so redolent of the British countryside, is being terrorised by an alien moth and conker tree lo...
08-09-2011
 Yet another celebrity has jumped on the 'sponsor your mum' bandwagon and we couldn't be happier.Orlando Bloom has supported ...
06-09-2011
Am I attractive?
 Pestival Designer Susana Soares' 'Am I Attractive?'' in collaboration with Dr James Logan and Pestival at The Work Gallery t...
31-08-2011
Meeting beetles
 Insect enthusiasts swarmed to the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences earlier this month for Beetle Mania! Their 4th an...
30-08-2011
Warrior wasp
 A rare and intriguing giant wasp has recently been discovered in the depths of the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. At 4cm lon...
24-08-2011
If you can't beat them, draw them!
 Dan Otte, 72, has spent his life leaping about, not pretending to be a grasshopper... but catching them!He has spent four de...
16-08-2011
Insex
In Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World, Marlene Zuk examines the minds, personalities and b...
16-08-2011
Ants spin me right round, baby
The Tragedy of The Commons, a new installation at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, puts the everyday life and struggles of an ant colon...
16-08-2011
Pretty hairy?
 Stuck for a new hair style? Adrienne Antonson has crafted hers and her family's into beautiful insect sculptures. Both eyebr...
10-08-2011
You are what you eat
 Pestivaller Ollie Palmer just sent us this news....These ants' translucent abdomens give the game away when they slurp up al...
08-08-2011
Travelling insect love motel
 The Love Motel for Insects was designed by Brandon Balengee to give audiences a better appreciation for local ecology and in...
02-08-2011
Bee friendly!
Bees have always supported of us through the important work they do for agriculture. Isn’t it about time we supported them a...
01-08-2011
Bed bugs bright and beautiful
 Downtown New York is partying bed bug style to highlight the rife infestation of the city. Embracing the bugs’ tenacio...
01-08-2011
Curios as a cockroach
 Get a quirky look at the human race through the eyes of a cockroach at the Science Museum's new inquisitive tour. Watch the ...
01-08-2011
Bee friendly
Bees have always supported of us through the important work they do for agriculture. Isn’t it about time we supported them a...
01-08-2011
 Have a peep at these bees on a live webcam stream from inside a 9-year-old boys hive in Melton Mowbray....
26-07-2011
Time hops
 The beautiful Midsummer Chronophage clock at The London Science Museum celebrates and parodies the mechanical ‘Grassho...
25-07-2011
The loudest singing penis in the world
 ... is in the hands of The Water Boatman!   At just 2mm long, The Micronecta scholtz sings at 99.2 decibels, the equi...
11-07-2011
 Ask anyone in the southern states of the US about fire ants, and they will regale you with tales of painful bites, house inv...
25-06-2011
Pandora's box
 In light of Adam Curtis' current BBC TV series, here's a more insect-related documentary about the perils of DDT, Goodbye Mr...
23-06-2011
Apostolos Loufopoulos recently won an Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for this 13-minute composition of a bee's journey. &nb...
21-06-2011
Regent Street like Honey to Bees
Usually it is thousands of shoppers who buzz through the hive of central London but Pestival was pleased to see that the honey pot...
21-06-2011
Catherine Chalmers' Leaf Cutter Ants in The Scientific American
Pest friend Catherine Chalmers is featured in The Scientific American with a story on The Leafcutters project. One quote about her...
17-06-2011
Cute insect packaging for Borinot patisserie
We love this insect-inspired packaging for Barcelona's patisserie Borinot, whose name means "a flying buzzing insect", designed by...
15-06-2011
Beast file film on cockroaches
This great video (there are more if you follow the link too) by Australian TV show Hungry Beast is full of fascinating facts about...
14-06-2011
The Grass Chopper - Insect inspired bicycles
Designer Mateusz Chmura has come up with The Grass Chopper - an elegant new bike "mimicking the wings and folded legs of a grassho...
13-06-2011
Pestivaller David Rothenburg makes live music with bugs
 From Pestivaller David Rothenberg:"Following my previous book/CD projects on birds and whales, I am now on a quest to make m...
10-06-2011
Amazing bug photos
Microphotographer Tomas Rak has been taking these amazing photographs of insects under a microscope and then stitching the images ...
09-06-2011
It was the lice on the flies on the pigeons what did it...
 "When bird-dwelling lice hitchhike on pigeon flies to spread to new host species, it can change the course of their evolutio...
27-05-2011
New book: Insect Media
The Finnish new media theorist Jussi Parrika has written a book called Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology, whi...
25-05-2011
Earliest fossil of a flying insect
This is an unbelievable trace fossil of a mayfly that alighted in mud and then flew off, around 310 million years ago. As always, ...
23-05-2011
Caddis fly sculptures
Artist Hubert Duprat opened his first UK solo show last week: Caddis, Crystal and Company at Norwich Castle Museum. The show incor...
16-05-2011
 Artist Matthew Robins explains his new project, The Roboinsects, which he installed at London Zoo last week as part of Pesti...
10-05-2011
Termites eat millions of rupees worth of cash in Indian bank
 Pestivaller Dr Leslie Vosshall sent us this news clipping from the BBC South East Asia:"Staff at an Indian bank have been bl...
29-04-2011
Ancient Egyptian mantis found
 This is perhaps the oldest known occurrence of a praying mantis in art, taken from the Tomb of Hesi at Saqqara. More infor...
28-04-2011
One of our eight-legged friends turns up as a fossil in Inner Mongolia - the largest ever found
  The BBC reports that scientists in Inner Mongolia have unearthed the largest spider fossil ever found, with a leg span o...
21-04-2011
Bee stations for busy bees
Designer Jamie Hutchinson has designed a beautiful Bee Station for tired bees who are having to work twice as hard due to the decl...
19-04-2011
New mega yatch encased by honeycomb lattice structure
The Voronoi Mega Yacht by Hyun-Seok Kim features a honeycomb lattice structure which encases the sleek design......
18-04-2011
A man who loved insects
Pestival hero Thomas Eisner died last month. We pay homage to the great man with an inordinate fondness for beetles.The New York T...
06-04-2011
Printable Insects
Pestivaller Susana Soares sent us a link to this BLoG BLOG post on beautiful 3D-printed simulated insect wings, courtesy of Cornel...
04-04-2011
Science Daily ran a great article yesterday on a new study showing the link between orchid diversity and bees.Researchers from Imp...
28-03-2011
The arachnid uprising
Pestival friends yellow sac spiders have been popping up in the fuel systems of Mazda and Honda cars in the USA, which apparently ...
10-03-2011
Live from Costa Rica - New leaf-cutter ant photos by Pest friend Catherine Chalmers
Our Pest friend Catherine Chalmers sent us these beautiful photos from Costa Rica. She writes, "The ants and I have reached a wond...
07-03-2011
Artist Karen Ingham has developed Pollinator Frocks which are treated with a nectar-like sugar solution to attract and nourish bee...
26-02-2011
Photomicrograph of Mosquito heart, mosquito heart magnified, 100 times magnified heart
Jonas King from the Vanderbilt University’s Hillyer Lab has won Nikon's Small World Competition with a photomicrograph of a ...
25-02-2011
The Observer Ethical Awards (now in its sixth year) invites UK based conservation projects to enter this year's prestigious Conser...
25-02-2011
Ancient insects wore shoes
An insect living in the Early Cretaceous Period, whose fossilised remains were found in northeast Brazil, wore snowshoes of sorts ...
22-02-2011
Damian Hirst's Installation is rather fly!
Hey guys, just thought you might like to have a look at Damian Hirst's latest offering. We at Pestival hear the casting couch is s...
24-01-2011
Genetically giant insects through oxygen overdose!
 Don't worry this is not quite a reality yet. However, researchers from Arizona State University have been experimenting with...
22-01-2011
How to set the catwalks a-flutter
Only takes a hundred or so million years to come back into high fashion but  Alexander McQueen's heir apparent, Sarah Burton,...
16-01-2011
Keep your enemies close?
Parasitic worms may be saving their own little hides when they induce the caterpillars they infest to glow a little and blush a fu...
13-01-2011
Insect-themed sand sculptures
Insects and creepy crawlies is the theme of this year's sand-sculpting competition on Frankston Waterfront in Melbourne Australia....
05-01-2011
Flea dropping for New Year's
A great new tradition has been started in the USA Cumberland County town of Eastover this New Year’s Eve by dropping a 30-po...
01-01-2011
Amazing packing-tape cocoons by Viennese/Croatian collective For Use/Numen.   Watch the making-of film below...   ...
16-12-2010
TechNewsDaily ran a great article last week on how insects, birds and even snakes and geckoes are inspiring the design of next-gen...
06-12-2010
The Bee Symphony
The Bee Symphony, consisting of recordings of bees by Pestival friend and collaborator  Chris Watson (The Life of Birds,The L...
19-11-2010
Vladimir nabokov hunts butterflies
LIFE Magazine has some great photos of Vladimir Nabokov enjoying his life-long hobby, butterfly hunting. Nabokov wasn't your ordin...
15-11-2010
The Termite Pavilion at Escot Park
As promised, here are some photos of the Termite Pavilion getting situated in its lovely new home at Escot Parkin Devon.   ...
12-11-2010
Wasps - artists or robots?
 In case you weren't listening to BBC Radio 4 at 06:15 am this Sunday morning, I thought I would present to you the case of o...
09-11-2010

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