Interesting Word # 99 - Phenology

Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate.

(Not to be confused (as I did) with Phrenology - A pseudoscience that hypothesises that the personality traits of a person can be derived from the shape of the skull. With that in mind imagine reading the following sentence:-

"The phenology of the blackcurrant leaf midge."

I imagined people studying the lumps on a leaf midge's head to figure out its personality!)

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