Several months ago, Rob Dunn issued a challenge – inspired by his late night observations of a carabid beetle scurrying with prey-in-mandibles across the floor of his basement office. He urged us to find the missing scenes of nature in our midst, to contemplate and observe how the web of life plays out in the spaces bounded by walls, roofs and basements.
And wow! Our homes are teeming with arthropods of all shapes and kinds – insects, spiders, mites, millipedes and centipedes, even crustaceans.
Your observations got us thinking… and digging into the scientific literature. And surprise, surprise, the diversity of arthropods living and evolving in human homes has been largely understudied.