The spider-hunting wasps, or Pompilidae, are a beautiful and fascinating group of solitary wasps. This course will provide a refresher on the identification of spider-hunting wasps and a chance to get your own specimens verified and your identifications checked. It is most suitable for those who have previously attended a spider-hunting wasp course, or who are experienced with identifying other groups of wasps to species level.

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

This course is taking place at FSC Bishops Wood, 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: Ian Cheeseborough

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 ninteen years and is County Recorder for this group of insects. He also runs a number of courses on Aculeates at Preston Montford FSC.

What's Included

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

Before You Attend

What to Bring

·        Notebook and pencil

·        Identification guides/keys (if you have any)

·        Hand lens (if you have one)

·        Lunch