The Wonders of Butterflies and Ants

Listen here: The Wonders of Butterflies and Ants


This week on The Guardian’s science podcast I got to meet Blanca Huertas, the Lepidoptera curator at London’s Natural History Museum, to learn about the museum’s Sensational Butterflies exhibition.

In the labyrinth of the museum’s collections I also found one rather special butterfly – collected by the most famous naturalist in history.

The BBC’s Alien Nation series is underway so I spoke to presenter and entomologist Dr George McGavin about the wonders of a leaf-cutter ant colony.

We also had a round-up of the latest science and environment news where I was joined by Adam Vaughan, editor of, and by Dr Emily Sidonie Grossman, maths and science tutor, expert in cell biology and genetics focused on cancer research. We talked about climate change education in schools, the mysterious giant squid and the use of “three-person embryos”.

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