Royal Entomological Society South West Region Annual Meeting

Longhorn Capricorn beetle (Chlorophorus varius)

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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The Royal Entomological Society South West Region Annual Meeting incorporates a trio of fascinating talks providing an insight into current invertebrate research and conservation, as well as the opportunity to meet leading entomologists.

A narrow escape - back from the brink of extinction 

Speaker: Stephen Carol, Buglife

An overview of the new Back from the Brink projects for rare invertebrates in the South West, including the narrow-headed ant Formica exsecta and others.

Conserving the unknown - the Bog hoverfly on Dartmoor 

Speaker: Catherine Mitson, Buglife

Catherine will introduce what is known of the biology of this rare hoverfly and discuss its conservation on Dartmoor. 

An inordinate fondness for Longhorns

Speaker: Katy Potts, Natural History Museum

Katy will introduce this fascinating group of beetles and then discuss the National Longhorn Beetle Recording Scheme which collates records for beetles in family Cerambycidae. The scheme is organised by Wil Heeney and Katy Potts, who took it on in early 2016. There are about 60 species native to Britain, plus a wide range of non-native species that have arrived as accidental introductions but are not yet established. Katy will be talking about some of Britain’s most spectacular Longhorn beetles and how the recording scheme goes about managing Longhorn records. 

This is a free event that is open to everyone - there is no need to book attendance (seating is on a first come, first served basis). Discussions will continue after the meeting in a nearby hostelry.

Start time: 6.30pm.

Please contact Peter Smithers ( for more information.

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