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Ground Beetle ID with Microscopes: Tribes, with the FSC

Monday, June 20, 2022 - 10:00 to 16:00

There are around 350 species of ground beetle (Family: Carabidae) found in the UK. The UK ground beetle fauna has significant ecological importance, with members of this beetle family being active hunters, seed feeders and vital food sources for many animals.

Ground beetles are a popular family among entomologists and are often considered one of the entry-level groups of beetle when beginning with keys, largely due to being found in all manner of habitats year-round and being well covered by taxonomic literature.

If you are thinking of delving into the identification of beetles through the use of keys or simply want an introduction to the tribes within the 4 families and 26 tribes of ground beetle in the UK this is the ideal course. Guided by our experienced tutor this course aims to familiarise participants with the family divisions to tribe level. This course provides an introduction to identifying ground beetles to tribe level using the Royal Entomological Society Handbook ‘The Carabidae (ground beetles) of Britain and Ireland' by Martin L. Luff.

This includes a short presentation introducing the morphological features used to identify specimens to tribe and support from a beetle specialist throughout the practical sessions.

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Suitable for over 18s

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Insects breathe through spiracles, abdominal openings to air spaces within the insect body.

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