Identifying Bumblebees: Intermediate Residential Course (FSC)

This long weekend, intermediate course (led by Paul Lee) is designed for countryside professionals and amateur naturalists interested in learning more about these important and threatened insects. It is particularly suitable for anyone involved in biological recording schemes at a local or county level. Field excursions will enable you to become fully familiar with the key identification features of the more common species of bumblebee, as well as several species of parasitic cuckoo bumblebee. This will then help you recognise the rarer species.

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Friday 20 May 2016 to Monday 23 May 2016

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Fri, 20/05/2016

An introduction to Eumenid and Social wasps (BENHS)

A BENHS beginners day led by Mike Edwards (Midhurst). The day will start with an illustrated discussion of the natural history and morphology of these wasps and then move to the microscopes for identification; using specimens held at Dinton Pastures, but also anything brought along by participants. This is a chance to gain an understanding of these cosmopolitan wasps and to start getting to grips with the main taxonomic features. RES have recently published (2014) - The Vespoid Wasps Vol. 6 Part 6 M.E. Archer; bringing a copy would be advantageous.

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9th April 2016

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Sat, 09/04/2016

Fossil aculeata

Hello , I have a collection of fossil wasps, mostly in Amber, (Burmese ca,100MYO and Baltic ca, 40 MYOetc) , in Burmese amber I have a specimen of (Crabronidae, subfamily Mellinae genera ? Mellinus).. this is a Cretaceous wasp and must have flown at a time when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Would this wasp have visited dinosaur dung? was it a vector of disease? and what did it prey upon? .... I am not an entomologist and ''come at'' wasps from a palaeontological angle ( I study wasp wing venation in my fossils..i think this is called HORSIMOLOGY?)...


Trichopria drosophilae infomation

Dear All

I have been asked recently if I have any UK record information for the Diapriid wasp Trichopria drosophilae. No records of this species are available on the NBN for the UK.

Is this species present in Britain? Who might know whether it is here or not? Any tips on catching drosophila parasites?

Kind Regards

Nathan Medd (a clueless dipterist)


Podalonia hirsuta first for year!

Today (19th January 2016) I saw my first female Podalonia hirsuta basking on a sunny exposure. It's not unprecedented to see them in January - they have been recorded in every month of the year in Dorset - but this is my earliest record by four days.
This was a female making an early excursion from hibernation (males don't hibernate and won't appear until the summer) and she was taking full advantage of warm sunshine and a south-facing exposure. This was despite it having been the coldest night of the winter so far and there being frost all around and a thin layer of ice on the puddles.


Bombus hypnorum queen seen on 10 Jan 2016

Hallo All

A queen Bombus hypnorum was seen at midday on Sunday 10 January 2016 at Windsor Great Park. She was warming up in bright sunshine on the leaves of a Camellia japonica. This was a beautiful clean queen with bright "standard colouration" of ginger, black and white on thorax and abdomen. She was resting in the sunshine for at least 5 minutes. The air was cool (about 7C). This is the earliest date in the year that I have seen an emerging B.hypnorum queen by nearly a month. The earliest date in previous years was 9 February 2008.


Bumblebees: Intermediate identification and ecology course (BBCT)

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust announces an intermediate course to look at all the identification of all the  UK bumblebee species, and a detailed description of their ecology, life cycle and anatomy. Attendees will be assumed to be able to identify competently the "Big Seven"

The course costs £10 per head (includes tea and coffee) and run from 10.30 - 15.00

To book your place contact Dr. Nikki Gammans on nikki.gammans@bumblebeeconservation or telephone

RSPB Dungeness on 01797 320588

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26 March 2016

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Bumblebees: Beginners identification course (BBCT)

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust announces a beginners course to introduce you to the world of bumblebees and their ecology, lifecycle and conservation.

The course costs £10 per head (includes tea and coffee) and run from 10.30 - 15.00

To book your place contact Dr. Nikki Gammans on nikki.gammans@bumblebeeconservation or telephone RSPB Dungeness on 01797 320588

Booking essential to guarantee a place


All proceeds to the short-haired bumblebee project

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10 March 2016

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Bombus hypnorum worker was seen on 30 and 31 Dec 2015.

Hallo All,

A Bombus hypnorum worker was seen on 30 and 31 Dec 2015 at Yateley, Hampshire. This is the first time that I have been aware of evidence of a winter nest of B.hypnorum in the UK.

The autumn and early winter have been exceptionally mild and I have seen bumblebees on 58 out of the last 62 days.

On 30 Nov I saw a B.hypnorum queen collecting pollen and nectar on Lonicera fragrantissima on three separate occasions during the day at Yateley, Hants. On the next day, 01 Dec and on 03 Dec she was again seen collecting pollen.



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