This beginner course will cover the field identification of the larvae of all 26 British conspicuous ladybird species, as well as information on the ecology, distribution and natural history of the group.
You will have the opportunity to practice several types of field survey technique, and to look at specimens of a range of UK species.
Tutor: Richard Comont
Richard is a naturalist, entomologist and enthusiastic biological recorder. He specialises in many invertebrate groups. His PhD examined the impact of the alien invasive Harlequin ladybird on native species and he now works for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust leading their science programme. In 2016 he won the Gilbert White Award for terrestrial and freshwater biological recording. He also spends his time writing about wildlife, his books include the Naturalists’ Handbook to Ladybirds; Bumblebees, An Introduction; Spotlight Bumblebees; and The Nature of Malvern. He is currently working on a field guide covering the non-insect invertebrates of Britain.