Events

We hold free and heavily subsidised invertebrate workshops on identification, recording, curation and field craft to help boost the skills of beginners and experienced entomologists alike. These are complemented with drop-in sessions to facilitate mentoring and networking. We also organise invertebrate recording days across the region to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important sites.

See list of past workshops

UPCOMING EVENTS

Event nameDateWeekdayLocationNotesBooking
Entomology Collection Day20th February 2020ThursdayWorld Museum10:30 or 13:30 startJust turn up
Aquatic Invertebrates Workshop22nd February 2020SaturdayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Blow flies Workshop13th March 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Entomology Collection Day19th March 2020ThursdayWorld Museum10:30 or 13:30 startJust turn up
Groundbugs Workshop20th March 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Hoverflies Workshop3rd April 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Stonefly Workshop2nd & 3rd May 2020Saturday & SundayWorld Museum/Yarrow Valley10:30am start£15 / essential
Plant bugs Workshop15th May 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Longhorn beetles Workshop30th May 2020SaturdayRixton Claypits10:30am startFree / essential
Spiders & Harvestmen Workshop6th June 2020SaturdayRixton Claypits10:30am startFree / essential
Bumblebees Workshop26th June 2020FridayNess Botanic Gardens10:30am startFree / essential
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An Introduction to Hoverfly Identification

3rd April | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Free

Course content: Hoverflies (Syrphidae) are probably the most recorded and popular family of Diptera (True Flies) with over 280 British species. Many of these attractive insects can be identified in the field although the majority need to be examined under a microscope. This course will be aimed at people with little or no experience of hoverflies. However, it is hoped that more experienced attendees will learn additional information about them, their collection and identification.

The one-day workshop will begin with an introductory presentation/talk outlining the ecology of hoverflies and currently available identification resources. This will be followed by laboratory practice in the use of microscopes and identification using dichotomous keys. Specimens from the World Museum’s collection will be used for this purpose, although attendees are welcome to bring along their own for identification. If time and weather permits, it may be possible to collect (and identify) some in the wildflower garden at the front of the museum. At the end of the day, it is hoped that everyone attending will have gained valuable experience in identifying hoverflies to at least tribe/genus level.

Tutor information: Glenn Rostron is the county hoverfly recorder for Cheshire and Lancashire (vice-counties 58,59 and 60). He is an amateur entomologist and arachnologist who specialises in various groups of diptera, hymenoptera and arachnids. He has been studying hoverflies for a decade, having first become fascinated by them after attending a presentation on them which was given, as part of his MSc Biological Recording course, by Stuart Ball and Roger Morris who jointly run the national Hoverfly Recording Scheme.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but participants should bring a packed lunch or use World Museum cafe.

Adults only (18+)

Access: There are lifts between each of the floors and assistance dogs are permitted.

Image: Pete Kinsella

Details

Date:
3rd April
Time:
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Booking:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-introduction-to-hoverfly-identification-tickets-74102056245

Organiser

Tanyptera Trust

Venue

World Museum
William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Phone:
0151 478 4369