Student awarded first prize by Royal Entomological Society

Posted by crm28 at Jan 23, 2017 03:50 PM |
Jonathan Smith, a PhD Student in the Department for Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, has won a scientific writing competition for his essay on a “Superhero” Beetle.

The Bombardier Beetle may not be the first superhero to spring to most people’s minds but PhD student Jonathan Smith has written a short essay to ensure the multi-talented insect gets the recognition it deserves. The Bombardier Beetle possesses the bizarre ability to aim it’s bottom and fire a 100°C biochemical spray at its predators, a talent which could lead to the discovery of new methods of containing explosions.

The humorous piece ‘Bombardier beetles: Superheroes of the insect world’ can be read on the Royal Entomology Society’s website.

Congratulations to Jonathan from everybody at the University of Leicester!

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