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Identification of Solitary Wasps (family Crabronidae ) with Microscopes (WM region)

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough
  • Date: Tuesday 11 September 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Non-resident: £5

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Location: FSC Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (see course brochure for more details)

There are approximately 250 species of solitary wasp (Crabronidae) in Britain! Most are under-recorded, under-appreciated and under-loved! They are found in a range of habitats and have fascinating life-histories and ecosystem roles.

This day course is designed for those who already have good experience of using keys and microscopes to identify invertebrates and/or some experience of looking at wasps to family level.

This course will introduce you to Crabronid wasps and their families. Using pinned specimens and microscopes, you will learn how to key out these wasps to genus and, where possible, species. At the end of the day you will be able to recognise the different types of Crabronids, and feel confident to start identifying specimens of your own. We will also offer suggestions of how you can continue your interest in wasp identification, and offer you ongoing support after the course has finished.

Most of the day will take place in the classroom but we may spend some time outside so please dress appropriately. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch!

Ian Cheeseborough is self-employed in the field of habitat management and entomological surveys, mainly in Shropshire.
He has been studying aculeate Hymenoptera – bees, wasps and ants – for the past seventeen years and is County Recorder for this group of insects.

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

Further Information

Course brochure

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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