“I want to speak of the bit of land long cherished in my plans to form a laboratory of living entomology, the bit of land which I have at last obtained in the solitude of a little village. It is a harmas, the name given, in this district, to an untilled, pebbly expanse abandoned to the vegetation of the thyme. It is too poor to repay the work of the plough; but the sheep passes there in spring, when it has chanced to rain and a little grass shoots up. This rejected plot of ground that no one would have had as a gift to sow with an inch of seed turnips happens to be an earthly paradise for the bees and wasps.”
-Jean Henri Fabre
Keeping my eye on this conference announcement.