Sunday 22 August 2010

2010 AES Exhibition and Trade Fair

From the AES website (AES Annual Exhibition 2010):

"Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the the Amateur Entomologists' Society at our annual Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair.

This is the entomology show to attend. The show takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse near London and exhibitors and traders pack two floors of exhibition space.

The exhibition is open to members of the public and not just members of the AES. Should you wish to join the AES then you can do so on the day but you don't have to be a member to attend. Ticket prices are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be similar to the 2009 prices: £3 per adult and £1 per child. Tickets can be bought on the gate.

Traders include those selling books, equipment, livestock, specimens and food plants. In addition, the show is attended by most of the major invertebrate societies and organisations within the UK."

This is the best UK insect show for the general entomologist, and there will be lots of people selling live and dead specimens, equipment, books, etc. I plan to be there, and will probably be found at the Phasmid Study Group table.

NHM Volunteers

One of Erica's volunteers has written a post on her Curator of Diptera's blog. Since then we have been to Exmoor on fieldwork, I have put a few photos up on Flickr but there are more to come.

Saturday 21 August 2010

Some moths from Windsor

A list of moths found in Windsor by my friend and colleague Alessandro Giusti.

Apamae monoglypha
Idaea dimidiata
Crambus pascuella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Idaea rusticata

Friday 20 August 2010

Heteropteryx Creation

A creation from Lisa Wood's Curiosities. The stick insect is an adult female Heteropteryx dilatata.

Thursday 12 August 2010

A pest of Hawthorn

Originally uploaded by edwbaker

This photo (and there are a few more on the Flickr stream) is of a Hawthorn bush that was infested with caterpillars of a moth from the family Yponeumetidae. Commonly called Ermine moths there are hundreds of species, and many of them form communal webs. When this photo was taken the caterpillars had already pupated.

The best guess at species is Yponomeuta padella.