Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Antenna Alley

Join us for a walk through Antenna Alley, a new series of short, absurd, yet factual insect-music adventures created by Irene Moon. Special guest artists from the world of noise and sound will contribute an extra buzz. Episodes start on January 15th and will air exclusively on WFMU's Daniel Blumin Show every Monday between 9 PM to midnight EST.

Contributing Artists/Special Guests: GX Jupitter-Larsen, Ian MacPhee, LoVid, Ironing, Ergo Phizmiz and Lottie Bowater, The Virus, Francisco López, Hearty White, Jana Winderen, Wobbly, Matmos, Rrose, venoztks, People Like Us, Hearty White & Ed Sunspot.

episode 1

Title: Latch Key Larvae

Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by GX Jupitter-Larsen called Bees and the Pollywave (

Insect: Melissodes or the long-horn bee


Broadcast date: Jan 15, 2024

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episode 2

Title: Smooth Criminal

Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by Ian MacPhee (, Fame is a Bee (Emily Dickenson) read by Vicki Bennett (

Insect: Triepeolus cuckoo bee


Broadcast date: Jan 22, 2024

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episode 3 Title: Bees are Related to Wasps Music: Matmos with Mud Dauber Wasp from the 2023 release "Return to Archive" which consists of remixing the nature recordings back catalog of Smithsonian Folkways records ( Mud Dauber Wasp sounds were originally recorded by Albro T Gaul's for the 1960 "Sounds of Insects" LP Insect: Wasps Links:
Broadcast date: Jan 29, 2024

episode 4
Title: Masked Bee
Music: Musical composition titled Little Love Song for a Masked Bee created for Antenna Alley by Ergo Phizmiz and Lottie Bowater ( Additional shortwave sounds recorded for the show by venoztks ( at 39.0kHz
Insect: Hylaeus or the masked bee
Broadcast date: Feb 05, 2024

episode 5
Title: Hairy Eyeballs
Music: Musical compositions created for Antenna Alley by LoVid (, The Viirus (insects in the studio - and porest reads “Fame is a Bee” (
Insect: Our most famous bee - The Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Broadcast date: Feb 12, 2024

episode 6 Title: Burying Beetles - Nicrophorus Music: Musical composition ‘burying beetle’ created for Antenna Alley by Rrose ( Insect: Burying Beetles Links:;
Broadcast date: Feb 19, 2024
episode 7 Title: Flies Are Pollinators Too Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by Ironing ( Insect: Pollinating Flies Links: Broadcast date: Feb 26, 2024

episode 8
Title: The Tymbal of the Cicada
Music: Francisco López ( with a short selection of recordings from Borneo featuring cicadas.
Insect: Cicadas
Broadcast date: Mar 04, 2024

episode 9

Title: Who are the Sticky Bugs?

Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by Wobbly (, just a touchscreen FM synthesis patch. 

Insect: cottony cushion scale and other scale insects


Broadcast date: Mar 11, 2024

Marathon week!

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episode 10

Title: Underwater Beetles

Music: Jana Winderen, Music from the ‘The Listener’, Second Nature, Caen and Perche, France. A hydrophone recording from the river ORNE in Normandie, close to Caen. The diver Marko narrated by Yon Visell.

Insect: Dytiscus latissimus and other predaceous diving beetles


Broadcast date: Mar 18, 2024

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episode 11

Title: The Other Carpenter

Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by Ed Sunspot (; Fame is a 

Bee read by Hearty White (

Insect: Carpenter Bees!


Broadcast date: Mar 25, 2024

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Irene Moon at Cafe OTO, London

At the wonderful Cafe OTO! Café OTO


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

New publication about bees from Santa Cruz Island and UCSB

Happy to announce a new publication from our research group!

Phenotypic divergence in an island bee population: Applying geometric morphometrics to discriminate population-level variation in wing venation

Phenotypic divergence is an important consequence of restricted gene flow in insular populations. This divergence can be challenging to detect when it occurs through subtle shifts in morphological traits, particularly in traits with complex geometries, like insect wing venation. Here, we employed geometric morphometrics to assess the extent of variation in wing venation patterns across reproductively isolated populations of the social sweat bee, Halictus tripartitus. We examined wing morphology of specimens sampled from a reproductively isolated population of H. tripartitus on Santa Cruz Island (Channel Islands, Southern California). Our analysis revealed significant differentiation in wing venation in this island population relative to conspecific mainland populations. We additionally found that this population-level variation was less pronounced than the species-level variation in wing venation
among three sympatric congeners native to the region, Halictus tripartitusHalictus ligatus, and Halictus farinosus. Together, these results provide evidence for subtle phenotypic divergence in an island bee population. More broadly, these results emphasize the utility and potential of wing morphometrics for large-scale assessment of insect population structure.

Ostwald, M.M., Thrift, C.N. & Seltmann, K.C. (2023). Phenotypic divergence in an island bee population: Applying geometric morphometrics to discriminate population-level variation in wing venation. Ecology and Evolution, 13(5), e10085.