Each year of the project we are holding a series of invertebrate workshops on identification, recording, curation of reference collections and field craft to help boost the skills of beginners and experienced entomologists alike. We are also organising invertebrate recording days across the region to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important sites. Results will be published on this website. Other events include drop-in sessions to facilitate networking and mentoring.
An Introduction to the Identification of Leafhoppers and Allies
22nd February | 10:30 am - 4:30 pmFree
Leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers, treehoppers and cicadas (Auchenorrhyncha) are a fascinating group of true bugs with over 400 species recorded in Britain and Ireland. However, despite a number of brightly coloured and distinctive species, they are still a much neglected group by invertebrate recorders and consequently our local fauna is poorly understood. Indeed, we don’t know anyone focusing on this group in the Lancashire and Cheshire region at the moment. Could you change this?
This course is aimed at introducing keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to the techniques of identifying British leafhoppers under the microscope. The day will begin with a brief introduction to the diversity and ecology of this fascinating group of true bugs, but we will quickly get into the practical work of identification and the emphasis will be on giving you first-hand experience using dichotomous keys under the supervision of your tutor. It is an entirely lab-based day and you will be working with specimens provided from World Museum collections, though anyone that wants to bring dead specimens that they have collected and preserved themselves is welcome to.
Our tutor, Dr Alan Stewart, co-ordinates the Auchenorrhyncha Recording Scheme and is a Reader in Ecology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment) at the University of Sussex.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but participants should bring a packed lunch or use World Museum café.
Adults only (18+)
Access: There are lifts between each of the floors and assistance dogs are permitted.