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Submitted by Stuart Roberts on Tue, 30/09/2014 - 10:24
Not strictly BWARS business here but a very worthwhile conference for anyone interested. Our friends in Bedfordshire are holding a conference entitled "The Neglected Insects of Bedfordshire" which deals with several groups (not aculeates). Among the speakers are several BWARS members and there is a very full programme.
Venue: The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PR on Saturday 15 November 2014.
Submitted by Stuart Roberts on Tue, 30/09/2014 - 10:17
Professor Jeremy Field will give the this year’s Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture to the BENHS/LNHS entitled Extended parental care and joint nesting in a UK digger wasp. Professor Field heads a team at Sussex University which focuses on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of social systems, using wasps and bees as model systems. Jeremy is a long-standing member of BWARS and his work on Ammophila pubescens has shown up many fascinating aspects of behaviour.
Late Spring saw a very calm pottering queen wasp house hunting amongst a grassy mound at the edge of a hedge. The area covered a laberinth of gaps between old rotting wood and dumped turfs. Over the following months the ground entrance became bigger. To date it measures approx 10 x 8cm oval. These wasps unseen must have excavated the earth and trimmed the vegetation.
This morning, and typical of the last 6 to 8 weeks, it is like a busy 'A' road. Whenever you watch it at least 4 sometimes 8 ineects are entering and exiting. The activity is phenominal!
Submitted by Nigel Jones on Wed, 27/08/2014 - 11:18
Kent Field Club have published the Bumblebees of Kent by Nikki Gammans and Geoff Allan. The 170 pages include more than 80 colour photographs and updated distribution maps and species profiles of the bumblebees of Kent. This bo
It looks to me like the continental mud-dauber Sceliphron destillatorium, but this does raise the awkward question of what it was doing in a car park in Chepstow. It's impressive, whatever it is. (I'm not the observer)