Local Groups and Societies

Lancashire and Cheshire Entomological Society


President: Steve Judd steve.judd@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Secretary: Justin Williams northwalesmoths@hotmail.co.uk

Treasurer: Marion Barlow

                                                                                       Librarian: Phil Brighton helophilus@hotmail.co.uk

Founded in 1871, the society continues to offer an annual programme of talks, currently monthly between September and April. In 2019, the society also held two joint field meetings with the Tanyptera Project – Brookhouse Moss and Oakhanger Moss on 22nd May, and Hale Duck Decoy on 3rd July.

The society owns a British Lepidoptera specimen collection comprising 80 drawers across two cabinets which are housed at World Museum, Liverpool. This is most useful as a synoptic collection of the British fauna, particularly for macro-Lepidoptera and local species.

The society also owns a invertebrate library comprising a few hundred books and journals, housed within the Entomology library at World Museum. The library catalogue is currently being updated (Jan 2020) by Phil Brighton and the latest listings will be available soon. The previous published catalogue; LCES journals: ‘Supplement to the Annual Report & Proceedings Vol 127 2003’ may be downloaded from here. Library books may be borrowed by society members for up to 6 months. Please contact Leanna Dixon for loans or Phil Brighton (LCES librarian) for all other library enquiries.

Between 1881 to 2010 the society produced a (mostly) annual journal series with other occasional publications covering all aspects of regional entomology, with numerous articles and checklists providing context for current Entomologists in the region. All the journals are available to download as searchable, bookmarked PDFs having been scanned in 2017 (funded by Tanyptera Trust). More information

2020 / 2021 Indoor Meetings Programme (145th Session)

  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all meetings for the foreseeable future will take place via Zoom, commencing at 19:30 every 3rd Tuesday of the month from September to March.
  • Please contact LCES Secretary Justin Williams if you’d like to attend the Zoom meetings.
  • In normal times, meetings take place at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, WA6 7QN
  • All are welcome and it’s currently free to attend (online or in person meetings)
  • Keep up with updates from the society by joining their Facebook Group
DateTalk / SubjectSpeaker
15th September 2020AGM / Thirty Years of Butterflies in Traditional Lancashire and CheshireNominated person on behalf of Peter Hardy
20th October 2020The Beetles of Appleton DingleClive Washington
17th November 2020Urban Butterflies of AsiaDr John Wilson
15th December 2020Member's Evening (Xmas) / Review of the Year 2020Contributions from the membership
19th January 2021An Invertebrate Year at Fenns and Whixall MossesStephen Barlow
16th February 2021Live at the Fly OlympicsPete Boardman
16th March 2021Icky Ichs: Getting to know Ichneumon WaspsGavin Broad
20th April 2021British MosquitoesThom Dallimore

Cheshire Bee Group

The Cheshire Bee Group was formed in early 2019 by Leanna Dixon (Tanyptera Project, National Museums Liverpool) and Chloe Aldridge (RECORD LRC).

The aims of the group are to;

  • Increase the number of Cheshire bee records (including on under recorded sites)
  • Enable shared learning to develop bee identification skills
  • Increase interest in bee recording

The group undertakes field trips to different locations twice per month throughout the season (April to September).

Contact: cheshirebeegroup@gmail.com

Sign up to the mailing list here

Details of 2021 events will be posted here when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

An overview of 2019

Ness Botanic Gardens Field Visit – April 2019


Sites visited

  • Chester Meadows
  • Norton Priory, Runcorn
  • Risley Moss, Warrington
  • Red Rocks, Wirral
  • Countess of Chester Country Park
  • Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral
  • Cleaver Heath Nature Reserve, Heswall
  • Chester Zoo

Key finds (species with less than 10 records in Cheshire pre 2019).

Sphecodes ferruginatus

Species Location
Sphecodes ferruginatus Risley Moss
Megachile versicolor Cleaver Heath​
Andrena nitida Chester Meadows​
Andrena denticulata Chester Zoo​ & Red Rocks
Nomada leucophthalma Cleaver Heath​
Coelioxys elongata Cleaver Heath​

The Blood bee Sphecodes ferruginatus was a new record for Cheshire. A blog post about its identification using DNA barcoding can be found here.