Cafe Sci: Sex, death and blood: Reproduction in bed bugs

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED FROM 17th November as speaker is in Canada then!

Mike Siva-Jothy

Professor of Entomology and Head of Department, The Dept. of Animal & Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield.

I have spent the last decade and a half working on the evolutionary ecology of bed bug behaviour with the aim of understanding the evolutionary dynamics between the sexes. During that time bed bugs emerged as an important urban pest in developed countries, and my research had direct relevance to designing and developing control strategies and policy (particularly in the USA).

During this talk I will cover aspects of my fundamental research and address the questions that are important for pure science, but will tie them to the applied issues.

Bed bugs have a bizarre and unique natural history and mode of reproduction. It is inherently interesting, but also provides us with the opportunity to examine conflict between males and females.


Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details  here.

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  • Ash C.

    A short report on this interesting talk can be found here :

    December 10

  • Maria João Coelho M.

    It was really interesting! The speaker was excellent at providing background and a mix of scientific detail with practical everyday advice. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    November 26

  • Anneli

    Fascinating, funny and skin crawling!!

    November 25

  • Catrin R.

    An excellent speaker, interesting, funny and informative. Thank you!

    November 24

  • chris f.

    can no longer make it - but would be interested to hear the lecture if its given again in this vicinity

    November 23

  • marta d.

    I may join you I have something on before head :-)

    November 22

  • Annie

    Sorry but unable to attend for a while. back soon!

    November 19

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