True bugs (Hemiptera) are one of the largest groups of insects found in the UK, with nearly 2000 species. The Hemiptera are called ‘true’ bugs because most people – entomologists included – tend to refer to all insects ‘bugs’. That is a loose term, whereas the true bugs are just those contained within the insect order Hemiptera. They are found in most habitat types, some species are carnivorous, but most feed on sap sucked from foliage and berries etc.

On the course you will:

·        Listen to fascinating talks from a local expert

·        Get an introduction to true bug ecology and natural history

·        Learn about some of the distinctive groups and species and how to tell them apart


This course is taking place at Cassiobury Park, please see the course brochure below for more info.

FSC BioLinks courses are highly subsidised thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Header photo © Stephen Barlow


Tutor: Joe Gray

Joe Gray is the Hertfordshire (VC20) county recorder for shieldbugs, plant bugs, and allies and is a regular contributor to The Hemipterist, a journal covering the order in which shieldbugs sit. He is also a co-founder of the Herts Invertebrate Project, which is an initiative aimed at increasing the recording of invertebrates through a series of site surveys each year. Joe has been awarded Fellowships of both the Royal Entomological Society and the British Naturalists' Association. For the latter, he also serves as a trustee and runs insect-focused field meetings in the Herts area.

Course Brochure

Learn to Love Bugs 10.06.20



What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to Bring

·        Notebook and pencil

·        Field guides/keys (if you have any)

·        Hand lens (if you have one)

·        Lunch

·        Small rucksack or bag

·        Waterproofs (just in case!)

·        Stout shoes, boots or wellies

·        Water bottle and/or thermos flask

·        Hat and sunscreen

·        Casual clothing