From cheating cuckoos to ant-mimicking spiders, there’s a lot to learn about insects when Cheats and Deceits arrive at the Oxford Playhouse.
Organised by Science Oxford, the family fun event will feature ecologist Martin Stevens explaining how deception works in nature and how devious animals and plants can be.
And with this talk aimed at parents and children, Martin thinks the event will benefit everyone who attends.
“It’s great to know that people still find time to appreciate the natural world,” Martin told the Guardian.
“Science in the hectic world we live in, and that there is a passion to understand and learn about how nature works.
“On the day, you can earn about how remarkable and sophisticated deception is in nature, and the science and early explorers that has uncovered its secrets.
“You’ll learn a lot about how deception works in nature, evolves, and how it has been studied by scientists and naturalists.
“And with Cheats and Deceits coming to Oxford for the first time, it’s really exciting to be coming here and meeting a whole new audience.”
As well as hosting the talk, Martin is also the Associate Professor in Sensory and Evolutionary Ecology at Exeter University.
He is also the Director of Impact Biosciences, an organisation that researchers across many areas which includes conservation strategies and river management.
But even though his day job might sound a bit complicated to us normal Joes, ecology is something that has interested him since he was a child.
And nothing gives him more satisfaction than sharing the knowledge he’s learnt onto other biology enthusiasts. Spiders, butterflies and ants will be some of the insects Martin will talk about.
“I have always been inspired by nature since a young child,” he said.
“I would explore the garden, parks, and countryside around where I grew up – how could anyone not be inspired by nature when they have the opportunity to witness it and learn about it?
“I’m truly lucky that my passion is also my job.”
It will begin at 5pm and tickets cost £7.