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 (and the list continues to grow): 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 & others

episode 1

Title: Latch Key Larvae

Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by GX Jupitter-Larsen called Bees and the Pollywave (http://jupitter-larsen.com)

Insect: Melissodes or the long-horn bee

Links: https://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=Melissodes, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissodes 

Broadcast date: Jan 15, 2024

Archive Show Link: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/135934

episode 2

Title: Smooth Criminal

Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by Ian MacPhee (https://ianmacphee.bandcamp.com), Fame is a Bee (Emily Dickenson) read by Vicki Bennett (https://peoplelikeus.org)

Insect: Triepeolus cuckoo bee

Links: https://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=Triepeolus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triepeolus, https://www.museumoftheearth.org/bees/behavior

Broadcast date: Jan 22, 2024

Archive Show Link: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/136192

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 (https://matmos.bandcamp.com/album/return-to-archive). Mud Dauber Wasp sounds were originally recorded by Albro T Gaul's for the 1960 "Sounds of Insects" LP Insect: Wasps Links: https://www.museumoftheearth.org/bees/evolution-fossil-record
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 (http://ergophizmiz.blogspot.com). Additional shortwave sounds recorded for the show by venoztks (https://venoztks.bandcamp.com) 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 (https://lovid.org), The Viirus (insects in the studio -  www.theviirus.com) and porest reads “Fame is a Bee” (https://porest.bandcamp.com)
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 (https://rrose.ro) Insect: Burying Beetles Links: https://bugguide.net/node/view/4954/bgimage; https://dec.ny.gov/nature/animals-fish-plants/american-burying-beetle
Broadcast date: Feb 19, 2024
episode 7 Title: Flies Are Pollinators Too Music: Musical composition created for Antenna Alley by Ironing (https://ironing.bandcamp.com) Insect: Pollinating Flies Links: https://www.fs.usda.gov/wildflowers/pollinators/animals/flies.shtml Broadcast date: Feb 26, 2024
Archive Show Link: TBD


Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Irene Moon at Cafe OTO, London

At the wonderful Cafe OTO! Café OTO
PEOPLE LIKE US – THREE-DAY RESIDENCY:
HEARTY WHITE (COMPÈRE) + IRENE MOON + PEOPLE LIKE US / ERGO PHIZMIZ / GWILLY EDMONDEZ (TRIO) + MAGGIE NICOLS



 

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.10085