Monday, 4 June 2012

I've seen a butterfly breathe

Thanks to Prof. Jim Marden (, who has been staying here with Dr Chris Wheat (, Dr Emily Hornet and Julianne Pekny, I have seen a butterfly breathe.

A bag of butterflies

The butterfly team are here to study the genetics of flight, and that means studying how much CO2 they exhale. So Jim and Julianne set up equipment in our back bedroom, while Emily and Chris collected butterflies, and we watched the machines showing the butterflies' breath. Quite magical.

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