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Indoor Meetings

The Programme of Indoor Meetings starts with our joint meeting with the London Natural History Society and the Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture on the evening of Wednesday 1 October 2014 at Imperial College, London. The Annual Exhibition moves this year to the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London on Saturday 8 November 2014. Identification Workshops and Open Days will be held at Dinton Pastures at weekends, and in addition two Identification Workshops will be held at the Natural History Museum, London also at weekends. The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 21 March 2015, again hosted by the Oxford University Museum, whose help in making their excellent facilities available is greatly appreciated.

The recently-acquired Graham and Helen Howarth Room at Dinton Pastures enables the Society to hold indoor meetings, with up to 36 people attending, in comfortable and pleasant surroundings in the same building as the Library and Collections Room. These facilities were formally opened on Sunday 22 April 2012. As well as BENHS events being held here it is hoped that affiliated groups and other entomological societies will also make use of the new accommodation to hold a variety of indoor and field meetings as well as workshops. To book these venues please contact Mike Edwards in the first instance (address at the end of this notice).

We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and OPAL for the laptop and digital imaging equipment, capable of being coupled to a suitable microscope, which is available for use in the Graham and Helen Howarth Room. This equipment enables workshop leaders to project images of specimens on the microscope stage during their presentations. Council hopes that these arrangements will again prove popular and will be supported by new and long-standing members alike. These meetings are an excellent way to meet other entomologists and to hear about what is happening in the world of natural history. Members are encouraged to bring exhibits and to report any entomological news or interesting observations at the start of each meeting. The following list also includes the major annual events for those groups affiliated to BENHS, with additional information available via their web sites for those wishing to attend.

Lectures from September 2014 - September 2015

(Meetings marked in blue have already taken place but are included here for information.)

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014

BWARS Autumn Meeting and AGM will be held over the weekend at the University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Bookings to Louise Hislop (louisehislop|talktalk.net). There will be a varied programme with the AGM plus talks and workshops, details via the BWARS website (www.bwars.com).

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Professor Jeremy Field will give the this year’s Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture entitled Extended parental care and joint nesting in a UK digger wasp. Professor Field heads a team at Sussex University which focuses on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of social systems, using wasps and bees as model systems.

Extended parental care and joint nesting in a UK digger wasp

Nest-building Hymenoptera are unusual among insects in providing their offspring with parental care. Examples are nest-building wasps, in which offspring are provisioned by their mothers using paralysed arthropods. Ammophila pubescens is a relatively large digger wasp found on heather-dominated heathland in southern England. Females normally nest alone, digging nest burrows in sandy soil. Each burrow contains a single offspring, which is provisioned by the mother using lepidopteran caterpillars. An unusual feature of the nesting biology, more commonly associated with social wasps and bees, is that larvae are fed progressively as they grow, with more than one burrow being maintained at the same time. In my lecture, I will first discuss why A. pubescens exhibits progressive provisioning. I will then talk about on-going observations and experiments aimed at understanding why some offspring are fed by more than one adult female.

The lecture is the major part of the annual joint meeting with the London Natural History Society, this year hosted by the BENHS in Lecture Theatre 2.28 in the Royal School of Mines building at Imperial College. The entrance is in Prince Consort Road (about ten minutes walk from South Kensington underground station). The evening starts at 18.00 with the lecture beginning at 18.30. Exhibits and communications are very welcome.


Saturday 8 November 2014 - BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London

Please bring exhibits to show your entomological discoveries for 2014 and previous years. You can discuss the highlights of the season with others who have similar interests, either in the exhibition hall or over dinner in the evening. For new members this is an excellent opportunity to make contact with other entomologists. A separate notice will be circulated to give details of the arrangements for this major event in the calendar of the Society.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014

Dipterists’ Forum Annual Meeting and AGM will be held at the Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. There will be a programme of talks, exhibits and other activities; details via Dipterists’ Bulletin or the Dipterists’ Forum web site (www.dipteristsforum.org.uk).

Saturday 7 February 2015

Coleopterists’ Day at Oxford. The twelfth Coleopterists’ Day will be held at the University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Starting with talks in the morning there will also be updates on beetle recording and discussions. During the afternoon those attending can display exhibits on beetles, consult the library and collections, purchase publications from Pemberley Books or catch up with the latest beetle news. For further information about Coleoptera, including a check list and recording schemes see: http://www.coleopterist.org.uk/

Saturday 28 February 2015

Hemipterists’ Day at Dinton Pastures. The fourth one-day event for Hemipterists will be held at Dinton Pastures with a mixture of talks and informal discussions, as well as an identification clinic to help with problem specimens. Please book with Mike Edwards so that we know in advance how many will be coming to this meeting. For further information about recording Hemiptera, including the National Recording Schemes, see: http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/HetNews.html

Saturday 21 March 2015

BENHS Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address. The Annual General Meeting reviews the activities of the Society over the preceding year before the President gives an address on a topic of her choice. The AGM will again be held as a Saturday daytime event (morning and afternoon), with talks, tours and discussions at the University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Details of the programme and timings will be circulated later to members

Thursday 9 April 2015 to Sunday 12 April 2015

BMIG Annual Field Meeting and AGM – will be held at Linlithgow, Edinburgh. Please consult the BMIG web site for details (www.bmig.org.uk).