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.
- The strange habitats of the Giant Water Scavenger Beetles (Hydrophilidae), Western Ghats, India (speaker: John Thorpe-Dixon, Plymouth University).
The Western Ghats in south-west India are on one of the world's most threatened biodiversity hotspots: a 1500 km long chain of hills characterised in the north by ‘barren’ rocky plateaus. Apparently devoid of life for eight months a year, they burst into life when the monsoon rains arrive including a diverse array of water beetles. Here is an introduction to both these strange habitats and one group of their aquatic taxa and a brief exploration of why they use these unusual habitats.
- The secret lives of butterflies (speaker: Richard Fox, Head of Recording, Butterfly Conservation).
Despite hundreds of years of study, fascinating discoveries continue to be made about the lives of even our most familiar butterflies. This talk will present three case studies from the recent scientific literature that reveal surprising aspects of butterfly ecology and behaviour.
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services: Beneficial invertebrates in crops (speaker: Dr Rosalind Shaw, University of Exeter).
Beneficial invertebrates provide numerous ecosystem services, but the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services can vary depending on the service of interest and the communities that provide it. We investigated the impact of large-scale variation in the invertebrate biodiversity associated with grasslands on the provision of ecosystem services in farmland.
This is a free event that is open to everyone - there is no need to book attendance.
Start time: 6.30pm.
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