Gavin Broad (NHM) & Mike Fitton (NHM)
This workshop will be held at the Natural History Museum and covers the identification of nocturnal ichneumonoids (both braconids and ichneumonids) and introduces the subfamilies of the large hymenopteran family, Braconidae.
With over 1,300 British species in 28 subfamilies, braconids are frequently collected, especially as parasitoids of Lepidopteran larvae.
We will introduce the subfamilies, with keys, and point to the most useful species-level keys.
Please contact Marc Taylor, BENHS Indoor Meetings Secretary, 12 Durham Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3HS in advance to book your place at a workshop. This is essential to reserve a stereo microscope (20 are available) and a bench space in the Library or Collections Room. When possible, please bring your own copies of identification keys and any specimens that you have in the groups concerned for verification or identification.
It would help leaders to plan their workshop if you were to provide some basic information when you book on the workshop. Please consider indicating your level of expertise with the group, how long you have been studying the group and in which region(s) and habitat(s) you do most of your collecting. Also what you hope to get out of the workshop and whether you intend to bring any of your own material for verification or identification. For some workshops handouts with identification keys are provided, while specimens to test keys and improve your identification skills may be available on the day via the leader or from the Society’s reference collections (or from the NHM collections when at the Angela Marmont Centre).