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 - www.icd8.org

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 www.ece2014.com

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

Initials details for European Entomology Group

Tony Pickles has provided some initial information and thoughts for the BENHS European Entomology Groupl. Goto group page.

Field Meeting Report - Hockwold, Norfolk - 18th May 2013

Leader: Colin Hart. - The plume-moth Stenoptilia annadactyla is known only from a limited area of Norfolk and Suffolk, and is easier to locate as a larva than as an adult. This event was organised to give local recorders, and any other interested members, experience of finding the larvae. The ideal time for first-brood larvae is during the first two weeks in May and the field meeting was originally planned for May 4th, but was postponed for two weeks because of exceptionally cold weather during March.

At ten o’clock on a fine day six members gathered at the meeting point and proceeded to the site which is a wide ride between stands of pine on Forestry Commission land. After ten or fifteen minutes’ search for the distinctive feeding signs we started to find larvae, ending up with about a dozen by the end of the morning. After lunch we moved on to Cranwich Camp and were rewarded by two larvae of Crombrugghia distans near the car park, and several other species both as larvae and adults. The plume-moth Porritia galactodactyla has suffered a slow decline over the past century but was well known from several areas of the breck in the 1980s. A search of Linfold Carriageway turned up very little of the food plant, Burdock, and no trace of any larvae.

A light-trapping session in Emily’s Wood was planned for the evening and three members attended. Five lights attracted a good range of spring species, the most notable being two examples of The Tissue (Triphosa dubitata), several Water Carpet (Lampropteryx suffumata) and the now almost ubiquitous Orange Footman (Eilema sororcula).

I would like to thank Neal Armour-Chelu of the Forestry Commission for permission to search for larvae and run light traps in the evening, and members of the Norfolk Moth Survey who publicised the event on their website and attended on the day.

BENHS at Big Nature Day, April 13th 2013

On Saturday 13th July the recently-formed BENHS Outreach Subcommittee organised and manned the Society's stand at the Natural History Museum's Big Nature Day.

Aimed at encouraging an interest in Natural History, this event attracted large numbers of visitors of all ages, and we had great fun introducing them to live pitfall material, workers and brood of the ant Lasius flavus, locusts, crickets and a miscellany of small insects beaten from vegetation in the museum's garden. Children in particular were fascinated to see some of these under the dissecting microscope we had borrowed from the museum.

Impressive pieces of beetle art work by Michael Darby flanked posterboards displaying images of BENHS events and meetings and were much admired. On the table drawers of hawk moths, large wasps and dung beetles from the museum's Angela Marmont Centre and a box of beetle voucher specimens from Michael Darby's survey of Parsonage Down NNR generated a great deal of interest. In addition, Tony Pickles kindly gave us his computer presentation of images of the Society which we ran on a laptop.

It was a splendid day despite the heat, and we are now looking forward to our next 'public engagement' at the Amateur Entomologists' Society Exhibition in October.

The following Big Nature Day images and accompanying titles, have been provided for your entertainment by Michael Darby. Enjoy!

Glenda Orledge


A quiet moment on the stand
If you think you can laugh at me…….

You've got to be joking
This one is called Baizius viridis

No-one can say Council lacks glamour
Pterostichus cupreus jumps ship

Field Meeting - Aston Rowant NNR - 9th July 2013

This meeting has been cancelled for this year but should appear in the events programme for next year.

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