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November 2018

Rescheduled to April 27th 2019 – An introduction to Nocturnal Ichneumonoidea

November 17
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Due to unforeseen circumstances the above workshop at the AMC has had to be rescheduled to April 27th 2019, booking can be made using the existing routes. Gavin Broad (NHM), Mike Fitton (NHM). This workshop will provide an introduction to the natural history of nocturnal ichneumonoids (both braconids and ichneumonids). The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in this parasitoid wasp families identification. and introduces the subfamilies of the large hymenopteran family, Braconidae. With over 1,300 British species…

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December 2018

An introduction to Terrestrial Heteroptera to Family Level

December 1
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Jim Flanagan (Yorkshire), Tristan Bantock (London). This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to the natural history of true bugs. The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in identification of members of the families commonly encountered such as shieldbugs and plantbugs and particularly those that are easy to identify in the field. Please bring your own hand lens if you have one, but microscopes will be available to use. There will also be collections of specimens to…

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January 2019

An introduction to Soldierflies and allied groups

5th January 2019
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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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…

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An introduction to Leafhoppers and allied groups

12th January 2019
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Alan Stewart (Sussex), Tristan Bantock (London). This workshop will provide an introduction to the natural history of leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers and treehoppers (Auchenorrhyncha). The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in recording this group of insects. After a short presentation on the main diagnostic characters used to identify these insects, participants will be able to work through their own material or specimens made available on the day and have their identifications verified. There will be plenty of opportunities…

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February 2019

An introduction to Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)

2nd February 2019
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Peter Hodge (Lewes), Roger Booth (NHM). This workshop will provide an introduction to the natural history of the fourth biggest group of beetles found in Britain. The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in these striking and beautiful beetles identification. We will begin with an illustrated talk on leaf beetles followed by a practical identification session of specimens. Please feel free to bring your own specimens to the workshop.

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March 2019

Introduction to ‘Craneflies’ (Tipulidae)

2nd March 2019
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Pete Boardman (Bridgnorth). This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to the natural history of cranflies or daddy long-legs. The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in there identification, ecology and curation of specimens. Resources: The most up to date identification keys are downloadable as PDFs from ‘The catalogue of the craneflies of the world’ website; http://ccw.naturalis.nl/ They are within the literature section and referenced Stubbs, A.E. & Kramer, J – 2016a – 2016k. Please download these…

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Introduction to ‘Rove Beetles’ Staphylinidae

9th March 2019
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Roger Booth (NHM) & Peter Hodge (Lewes). The workshop gives an introduction to this family of beetles for those just starting to look at Staphylinidae. The morning session concentrates on separating subfamilies then in the afternoon goes on to tackle the identification of some of the more difficult groups. Although Rove Beetles are generally considered difficult to identify, this series of workshops has enabled many coleopterists to tackle them for the first time and with new RES Handbooks published by…

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Tachinidae identification workshop

16th March 2019
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Matt Smith (Winnersh) and Chris Raper (Reading). An introduction to the ‘Parasitic flies’ which by their habits, numbers and often striking colouration and shape makes these members of the Diptera an interesting group to find out more about. On the day you will be introduced to sampling and identifying Tachinidae, with new draft keys for a revised RES Handbook available for testing and the chance to have your specimens checked and verified by the organisers of the National Recording Scheme…

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April 2019

Sawfly identification workshop

6th April 2019
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Andrew Halstead (Woking), John Grearson (Ashton Keynes). The workshop is an introduction to the identification of adult Sawflies (Hymenoptera Symphyta) for beginners, as well as helping those wishing to tackle more difficult genera. The workshop will deal with identification to family level and to the most conspicuous and easily identifiable species. Keys to families will be used on the day and you are more than welcome to bring along any specimens that you would like to work on or need…

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Open Ichneumonidae general surgery

27th April 2019
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Gavin Broad (NHM) & Mike Fitton (NHM). This workshop gives you the opportunity to bring along any ichneumonid specimens that you have tried to identify and would like help in confirming. The workshop covers the nocturnal species of this parasitoid wasp family and following recent work on species complexes, and answering any ichneumonid problems, as far as we are able.

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