Insect of the Year 2024
Bombus confusus(Schenk 1861)
Photo: Michael Knapp (GBIF)
For the first time in 25 years of picking an insect species for the annual nature symbols tradition, Entomological Society of Latvia has chosen a bee (Anthophila). The aim of choosing this species, a part from it being a protected, rare species and an owner of beautifully large eyes, is to raise awareness of pollinator decline.
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Invertebrate of the Year 2024
Asellus aquaticus is a common freshwater Isopod species. As it feeds on detritus it is considered to be a good water quality indicator - the species can be found in high abundance in natural eutrophic water bodies. At the same time A. aquaticus is resilient to water pollution and easy to rear in laboratory, making it a great model organism to study how water pollutants influence living organisms.
Photo: Mareks Ieviņš (dabasdati.lv)
More info here (in latvian).