Martin Harvey (Princess Risborough) & Stephen Lings (St. Albans). Soldierflies and allies (including robberflies, bee-flies, horseflies and others) include some of our largest and most colourful insects. Some are easy to find whereas others require dedicated searching, but these flies are within reach of anyone with an interest in insects. Using the extensive NHM collections we will use microscopes and keys to give you experience in recognising this group of flies and learning how to identify them. You will find out how to take part in the soldierflies and allies recording scheme, and where to go for further help and identification advice.
This course is suitable for beginners with an interest in insects, as well as more experienced entomologists who wish to develop their knowledge of this group. (Please note that most of the day will focus on using specimens and microscopes.) Handouts will be provided. The course will be led by Martin Harvey and Alex Dye, who run the national recording scheme for soldierflies and allies.
Please bring any specimens of your own that you wish to work with (optional). Further specimens and microscopes etc. will be available at the museum. Bring lunch with you, or use the nearby café.
Mr Stephen Lings, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org