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Beetle Family Identification Using Microscopes (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Katy Potts
  • Date: Thursday 27 September 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Beginners
  • Non-resident: £5

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Location - FSC London: Bushy Park (see course brochure for more details)

Over 4000 different species of beetles occur in Britain. Their huge diversity in form, behaviour and ecology make them a daunting group for those attempting beetle identification for the first time. In addition, there are no less than 18 different national beetle recording schemes supporting beetle recorders for various different groups of beetles.

This presents those looking into taking up beetle identification and recording with a dilemma: where to start?

This course aims to provide an introduction to the anatomical features of beetles and the beetle families found in Britain. We will use the FSC AIDGAP ‘A key to the families of British beetles’ to teach individuals how to observe beetle family characteristics under a microscope and determine which family beetle specimens belong to.

Complex terminology and obscure characters will be avoided to ensure that this course is suitable for those new to beetle identification and the course provides a good grounding for those wishing to develop their skills further into species identification of beetles.

Please note that this course will involve the use of specimens that have been killed and preserved.

Katy Potts has been fascinated by Beetles since 2013 when she was introduced to them by a professor when studying Conservation Biology at university. She now works at London’s Natural History Museum in the Beetle department where she is curatorial assistant working on an African Beetle project. She was also one of the first year trainees on the Identification Trainers for the Future project at the NHM (which was in partnership with the Field Studies Council) where she spent the year training in species identification and studied teaching so that she could then pass these skills on to others. Katy also co-manages the National Longhorn Recording Scheme which collects and manages all records for Longhorn Beetles in Britain. Katy has a real passion for Beetles and hopes to inspire others on this Learn to Love Beetles course.

This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

Further Information

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