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Solitary Bee ID with Microscopes 2: Species (WM Region)

  • Location: Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough
  • Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Advanced
  • Course fee: £5

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There are over 220 species of solitary bee in Britain.  This day course is designed for those who already have some experience of using keys and microscopes to identify bees to family or genus level.   

This course will consolidate previous learning on identifying bees to family and/or genera, and build on that to make the next step to species level identification.  Using pinned specimens and microscopes, you will key out these bees out to genus and then species.  At the end of the day you will be able to recognise the different species of solitary bee, and feel confident to start identifying specimens of your own.  We will also offer suggestions of how you can continue your interest in bee identification, and offer you ongoing support after the course has finished. 

Please note that this course will involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved.  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). 

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