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The Bath White butterfly: Pontia daplidice (Image reproduced by kind permission of the artist, Richard Lewington)

Internal News - 19 September 2006

Bug and butterfly experts gather on campus

The annual meeting of the Royal Entomological Society, ENT '06, is taking place this week at the University.

More than 100 experts on insects will converge on the campus to listen to scientific papers about subjects as diverse as the love-hate relationships of insects with microrganisms, and how to conserve insect biodiversity.

Plenary speakers at the meeting include Dr Greg Hurst (UCL), Professor Charles Godfray (Imperial College London, and Oxford), and Dr Tim Karr (Biology & Biochemistry, Bath).

The conference mascot is the Bath White butterfly Pontia daplidice.

Organiser Professor Stuart Reynolds explains: "This rare migrant visitor to the UK is actually associated with Bath only in name, but since not many British cities have butterflies named after them, it was too good an opportunity to miss."

Founded in 1833 as the Entomological Society of London, the Royal Entomological Society plays a major national and international role in disseminating information about insects and improving communication between entomologists.