I-N-S-E-C-T, find out what it means to me: thanks and farewell Simon Leather

RealScientists bugged out in June for Insect Week UK with Simon Leather (@Entoprof ). Simon is a Professor of Entomology at Harper Adams University in Shropshire and wrote an outstanding wrap up of his week on RS at his own blog, which you can go read right now!

Simon shared with us an astounding array of super cool bugs and creepy crawlies, which really hammered home that this is a bug’s world.

Awwww, babby rhino!*

(*actually a bug not actually a rhino)

We are not above having a little (or large) giggle at this one

There was so much more entomology goodness, far too much to summarise here! We asked Simon to complete our post-curation survey, and you can read his answers below.


In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

Stimulating and great fun

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Loved it – great to meet so many new people

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Feeling that people were enjoying learning about entomology and also realizing how important they are and learning some new things about how to use Twitter from my very helpful audience

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?


Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

Yes – I will be posting a blog about it

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Have some topics lined up that you definitely want to mention, but otherwise go with the flow

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

@flygirl @minibeastmayhem @bug_gwen @tinkerbel405 @CMBuddle @hormiga @ManuSaunders

Thanks once again Simon from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from his week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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