An introduction to woodlice, millipedes and centipedes workshop - 11 October 2014

This is an introductory workshop (led by Steve Gregory) for the identification of woodlice, millipedes and centipedes held at Dinton Pastures (10.30-16.00). After a presentation on the characters used to identify these groups, participants will have the chance to name their own material or specimens made available on the day from the BMIG reference collection housed at Dinton Pastures.

For the full list of workshops for the 2014-2015 programme see the Indoor Workshops page

Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture - 1 October 2014

Professor Jeremy Field will give the this year’s Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture entitled Extended parental care and joint nesting in a UK digger wasp. Professor Field heads a team at Sussex University which focuses on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of social systems, using wasps and bees as model systems.

Extended parental care and joint nesting in a UK digger wasp

Nest-building Hymenoptera are unusual among insects in providing their offspring with parental care. Examples are nest-building wasps, in which offspring are provisioned by their mothers using paralysed arthropods. Ammophila pubescens is a relatively large digger wasp found on heather-dominated heathland in southern England. Females normally nest alone, digging nest burrows in sandy soil. Each burrow contains a single offspring, which is provisioned by the mother using lepidopteran caterpillars. An unusual feature of the nesting biology, more commonly associated with social wasps and bees, is that larvae are fed progressively as they grow, with more than one burrow being maintained at the same time. In my lecture, I will first discuss why A. pubescens exhibits progressive provisioning. I will then talk about on-going observations and experiments aimed at understanding why some offspring are fed by more than one adult female.

The lecture is the major part of the annual joint meeting with the London Natural History Society, this year hosted by the BENHS in Lecture Theatre 2.28 in the Royal School of Mines building at Imperial College. The entrance is in Prince Consort Road (about ten minutes walk from South Kensington underground station). The evening starts at 18.00 with the lecture beginning at 18.30. Exhibits and communications are very welcome.

Full details of other meetings can be found on the Indoor meetings page

Manchester Regional Meeting - Saturday 7th June 2014

Members are reminded of this meeting at Manchester Museum - further details can be found here

Field Meetings Programme 2014

The field meeting programme for 2014 s now available here.

8th International Congress of Dipterology

This and the 25th International Senckenberg Conference will be held in Potsdam, Germany from 10th to 15th August 2014.

Forther details can be found on their website -

Northern Coleopterists' Meeting 2014 - Manchester Museum - 13th September 2014

Further details of this meeting can be found here

AGM and Members' Day Programme Saturday 29th March 2014

A reminder that the society's AGM and Members' Day takes place on Saturday 29th March in Oxford. The society's buffet meal will be held in the evening following the AGM.

Further details can be found here

11th Coleopterists Day - 1st February 2014

Details of this meeting to be held at Oxford Natural History Museum have now been loaded onto the web site and can be found here.

Xth European Congress of Entomology

The Xth European Congress of Entomology 2014 will be held at York (UK), 3-8 August.

The call for abstracts is now open for a total of more than 40 topics, all are available from 'Draft Timetable' on their website

BENHS Annual Exhibition 2013

This year’s Exhibition will be held at Kempton Park Racecourse on Saturday 16th November

This year the following organisations will be present with stands: Amateur Entomologists’ Society, Butterfly Conservation, Dipterists Forum, Pemberley Books and the Royal Entomological Society. Buglife information leaflets will also be available.

BENHS books will be available to buy and there will be the opportunity to view some re-curated drawers of Coleoptera from the Society’s collections. There will also be information about future events and BENHS Groups.

The Society looks forward to welcoming as many members as possible at this the major event of the year. There will be a bar open and sandwiches and light refreshments will be available. Please note it will not be possible for members to bring their own food inside the premises. The full exhibition notice is here

Kempton Park Racecourse boasts its own train station on-site – Kempton Park – which is situated 200 yards from the Premier Enclosure entrance. Trains run every half an hour direct from London Waterloo with the journey time being just 40 minutes.

By Road

We are located on the A308 between Sunbury on Thames and Hampton Court, less than one mile from Junction 1 of the M3 via Junction 12 of the M25. Priority car parking is provided to Owners & Trainers and those with a disabled badge and this is accessed via Gate 1 in Park Road.

The postcode for your sat nav is: TW16 5AQ


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