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BENHS at Sussex: Collecting and Recording Insects

6th May 2017 - 7th May 2017

| Free

This workshop will be a combined indoor and field meeting at the University of Sussex aimed primarily at student and young entomologists who would like to extend their entomological interests and knowledge, but also more experienced entomologists who are prepared to pass on some of their specialist knowledge to others.

Those attending will have the opportunity to collect and identify insects on the university campus and surrounding area, contribute to a campus species list and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with other participants.

We will start with a series of short introductory talks on several different insect groups including comments on 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.

Provisional programme

Saturday 6th May, starting 10am. John Maynard Smith Building, teaching laboratory 2B10

  • Introductory talks by Mike Edwards (Aculeates), Graeme Lyons (Coleoptera & Araneae), Tony Davis (butterflies & moths), Alan Stewart (Hemiptera) and Matt Smith (Diptera, tbc).
  • 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 7th May, 10am to mid-afternoon, teaching laboratory 2B10

  • Morning talk on insect recording (TBC).
  • Inspecting moth trap catches.
  • Continuation of collecting, specimen preparation and identification.

Identification keys, dissecting and specimen mounting equipment, and plastazote will be available, but please bring your own if you have them.

Please book with Alan Stewart or Craig Perl via email or by post to one of us at: School of Life Sciences, John Maynard Smith Building, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 1QG.

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.

The University of Sussex campus is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Buses run from Brighton city centre to the campus every 10-15 minutes throughout the day and all evening, and the campus is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Falmer train station.

There is accommodation to suit all pockets in Brighton and the surrounding area. There are reasonably priced places to eat on the university campus which are open all day and in the evening.



6th May 2017
7th May 2017
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University of Sussex, Brighton
Brighton, BN1 1QG United Kingdom
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