Course: Field Identification of Shieldbugs

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Thu 21, July 2022 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: £10.00

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

True bugs (Hemiptera) are one of the largest groups of insects found in the UK, with nearly 2000 species. There are around 45 species of shieldbugs.

They are characteristic, colourful, and immediately identifiable bugs, named after their shield-like shape. They are found in most habitat types, some species are carnivorous, but most feed on sap sucked from foliage and berries etc.

This course marries together the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities led by an expert tutor to give learners the skills to be able to identify distinctive species of shieldbugs in the field.

  • Certificate upon course completion.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
  • Please note that this course is NOT a species identification course and will only go as far as categorising British true bugs into broad ecological categories.

This course is aimed at adults only and course attendees must be at least 18 years old in order to attend.

What will be covered during this course?

  • Separating true bugs from other similar looking insect orders.
  • An introduction to shieldbug classification and separating shield bugs from other groups of true bug.
  • Identification of distinctive species of shield bug using a hand lens and field characters.
  • Help to learn and practice identification techniques.
  • Introduction to submitting shieldbug records.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.

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