Collecting and Recording Insects
This will be a combined indoor and field meeting at the University of Sussex for both experts and those who would like to extend their entomological interests. It is anticipated that student entomologists will join us. Members will have the opportunity to
- Collect on the university campus and contribute to a campus invertebrate list
- Pass on some of their specialist knowledge to less experienced participants.
A series of short introductory talks on several different insect groups will include comments on taxonomy, identification and collecting methods. Participants will then have the opportunity to collect specimens from the University of Sussex campus and the adjacent Stanmer Park, both individually and in the company of experts, and to mount and identify their material in a laboratory equipped with dissecting and compound microscopes. Sunday morning will start with a presentation on the value of insect recording, followed by further collecting or identification work in the laboratory according to preference.
Saturday 7th May, mid-morning. John Maynard Smith Building, teaching laboratory 2B10
- Introductory talks by Tom Wood (Aculeates), Chris Raper & Matt Smith (Diptera) (TBC), Graeme Lyons (Coleoptera & Araneae), Tony Davis (butterflies & moths) and Alan Stewart (Hemiptera)
- Collection on campus and immediate surroundings followed by laboratory work, as people wish.
- Moth trapping in the evening; we hope to run several light traps.
- Evening gathering on campus to eat/drink, as participants wish.
Sunday 8th May, morning to mid-afternoon, teaching laboratory 2B10
- Morning talk on insect recording (TBC)
- Inspecting moth trap catches
- Continuation of collecting, specimen preparation and identification
Please bring your own dissecting and mounting equipment, also pins and identification keys. A limited amount of specimen preparation equipment and some plastazote will be available.
- Your full name
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Evening meal attendance
The meeting is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited.
If you plan to bring a net, beating tray, moth trap, suction sampler, or any other specialist collecting equipment, it would be helpful if you can mention this when booking. It should be possible to set out pitfall traps on campus if you wish.
Transport: The University of Sussex campus is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Buses run from Brighton city centre to campus every 10-15 minutes throughout the day and all evening and the campus is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Falmer train station.
Accommodation and food: There is accommodation to suit all pockets in Brighton and the surrounding area. There are several reasonably-priced places to eat and drink on the university campus. These are open all day and in the evening.