A revised and updated checklist of the UK aculeate fauna has just been published covering all of the species of interest to BWARS. The checklist compiled after much painstaking work by George R. Else, Barry Bolton & Gavin R. Broad can be downloaded freely from the Biodiversity Data Journal at: http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/articles.php?id=8050
BWARS member Paddy Saunders has produced a new atlas of bumblebees Bumblebees of Cornwall and Scilly. It is available as a printed book or as free pdf from the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly here.
BWARS member Steven Falk's much anticipated Field Guide to Bees of Great Britain and Ireland has been published. This is the first extensive guide to all the British and Irish bee species since Edward Saunder's 1896 tome - The Hymenoptera Aculeata of the British Islands. The new field guide is 432 pages, with keys, species accounts and many photographs of nearly every species. In addition there are many illustrations by renowned insect illustrator Richard Lewington.
I would like to ask for expert opinions on why some Hymenoptera species, e.g. Anthophora bimaculata, Nomada species exhibit various eye colours and how do they benefit from e.g having green or red eyes?
A Combined indoor and field meeting at the University of Sussex for both experts and those wishing to extend their entomological interests. Ideal for students.
A series of short introductory talks on several insect groups will include comments on taxonomy, identification and collecting techniques. Participants will then have the opportunity to collect specimens on the campus and in Stanmer Park, and then process and identify their material in the lab under expert guidance.
BWARS is affiliated to The British Entomological and Natural History Society and the BENHS meeting at Oxford University Museum is open to members and non-members alike. As well as a short AGM, there is a wide range of subjects covered in the talks and presentations - from Forensic Entomology to Steven Falk talking about his new Bee Book
Speakers include Gavin Broad (NHML), Simon Leather (Harper Adams), Allessandro Giusti and Alberto Zilli (NHML)
Timings: 10.00 -17.00
Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, OXFORD, OX1 3PW