18th July | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm£7.50
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This workshop will be held at Rixton Clay Pits in Warrington. It will cover field and microscope identification of the 20 micro-ladybirds, as well as information on their ecology, distribution and natural history.
Of the 46 known ladybird species in the UK, almost half are the ‘inconspicuous’ or ‘micro-ladybirds’, overlooked by most field guides but just as fascinating as their larger brethren. Many species are common and widespread, but all are severely overlooked. Microscopes are needed for some species, but most can be identified in the field with a hand lens or even the naked eye. This course will cover field and microscope identification of the 20 micro-ladybirds, as well as information on the ecology, distribution and natural history of the group. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice several types of field survey technique, and to look at specimens of a range of UK species.
Our tutor: Richard Comont studied the Harlequin ladybird and its impact on native ladybird species during his PhD at the University of Oxford. He has led training in identification and recording of various insect groups, especially ladybirds and bumblebees, for more than a decade and has authored several natural history books, including the Naturalists’ Handbook on ladybirds and the Spotlight Guide to ladybirds. He was awarded the 2016 Gilbert White Adult Award for Terrestrial and Freshwater Biological Recording in recognition of his recording and training work.
Please note that this workshop will be held at Rixton Clay Pits in Warrington and not at World Museum.
Image: Udo Schmidt (CC BY-SA)