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Solitary Bee ID with Microscopes 1: Genera (WM Region)

  • Location: FSC Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough
  • Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course fee: £5

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

There are over 220 species of solitary bee in Britain.  Many 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 course is aimed at people who are already familiar with general bee morphology who can perhaps already distinguish between different families, although the course will include a brief introductionThe majority of the course will be spent using keys and microscopes to identify solitary bees to genus level.  The course will include: 

  • Detailed overview of species group morphology, including detail of features required for microscopic ID 

  • Introduction to keys and microscopes 

  • Walk through of key (where applicable) 

  • Practicing identifying preserved specimens to genus 

  • Information on preservation & curation  

  • Info on species recording, submitting records and connecting with schemes, societies and groups. 

Please note that this course will involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved.  Please note: this course is aimed at adults only and is not suitable for children. 

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 Shropshire County Recorder for this group of insects. 


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

Further Information

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

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