Charlotte Payne

Charlotte Payne

Cambridge, UK

Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

PhD student


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Published on Apr 05, 2018

Stimulating development!

We've been attempting to do exactly this.One of the challenges with our caterpillars, Cirina butyrospermi, is that they only emerge once a year. This means that for the short period when they're ab...

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Published on Mar 28, 2017

But what do they TASTE like?

At every interview I've had about edible insect research - whether an interview for a studentship or for a newspaper - I've been asked, 'But what do they taste like?' In case you were wondering the...

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Published on Mar 15, 2017

Can you help us rear our caterpillars?

Currently, we have 30 pupae in the lab, and before we try and break the diapause and mate them, we’re figuring out which artificial diets to try out first. Here’s a picture of what the caterpillars...

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Published on Mar 07, 2017

Four women, four stories

Happy international women's day!In celebration, I thought I'd post a lab note about some of the women we're working with in Southwestern Burkina Faso, and a short explanation for why it's crucial t...

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Published on Mar 06, 2017

Want to know more about our caterpillars? Here are 5 interesting facts!

1. The scientific name of our caterpillars is Cirina butyrospermi (C.b.). ‘Butyrospermi’ means ‘butter seed’, referring to the only food plant of the caterpillar - the shea tree. The nuts of this t...

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Published on Mar 03, 2017

An update from the field!

It’s my last day here in Burkina Faso, and it’s been emotional.What would you like first, the good news or the bad news?In the spirit of optimism, I’ll go for the former, and I have three pieces of...

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