We hold free and heavily subsidised invertebrate workshops and webinars 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 run an invertebrate recording day programme to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important / under-recorded sites.

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An Introduction to Moth Dissection

18th January | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Lepidoptera are the best recorded order of insects in the UK with 10s of millions of records collated since 1800s. However, some of >2500 species are cryptic of terms of differences and can only be identified, and therefore recorded, by looking at internal structures. Because special equipment and skills are required to study internal structures, fewer Lepidopterists record them and therefore our understanding of their conservation needs are poorer.

Tutored by John Girdley, this indoor one-day workshop will introduce you to dissection techniques for moths for the purposes of identification and biological recording (which ultimately underpins moth conservation), including an opportunity to practise identifying some cryptic common species.

Adults only. Ideally, you will already have experience identifying and recording moths. You are encouraged to bring your own specimens to practise with but this is not essential.

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

This is a joint event with Lancashire Moth Group.

Image: Tony Morris (Flickr Creative Commons)


18th January
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tanyptera Trust


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