BENHS AGM and Members Day 2015

Details for the Annual General Meeting and Members Day and the AGM Buffet are now available.

Thirty Drawer Entomological Cabinet for Sale

This J.J. Hill cabinet is available for sale and can be viewed at Dinton Pastures. It needs relining of drawers and some other minor repairs.

External dimensions: Height 1130mm (44.5”), width 1075mm (42.3”), depth 545mm (21.5”).

Internal dimensions of drawers: 480mm (c 19”) x 455mm (c 18”) and 42mm deep (so able to accommodate continental pins)..

Reasonable offers will be considered..

Contact Peter Chandler on chandgnats|aol.com.

12th Coleopterists Day - February 7th 2015

Details of the meeting can be found here or under indoor meetings

BENHS AGM 2015 - Advance Notice

The BENHS Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 21st March 2015 at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Further details to follow when available.

British Soldierflies and their Allies (2nd Edition)

The society has recently published a second edition to the British Soldierflies book. Details can be found on the Publications page.

Details for the Annual Exhibition 8th November 2014

Details for this year's Annual Exhibition are now available and can be found on the Annual Exhibition page.

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.

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