The Society has extensive collections of butterflies and moths from both the UK and abroad, with smaller collections of other insect groups, such as dragonflies and beetles. We have regular, well illustrated talks, throughout the year and field trips and mothings at local sites, through the summer months.
Upcoming Insects events
Entomology Field Meeting21st May 2017 at 11.00am-4.00pm
Martin Down Nature Reserve, Leader: Mark Spencer, SU 037201, See notes to Sunday 30th April. To observe any interesting early summer butterflies or day flying moths, target species Grizzled / Dingy Skippers, Adonis/Small Blues, Marsh Fritillary.
Lepidoptera, from Greedy Larvae to Flowers on the Wing!13th May 2017 at 2.30pm
Entomology Lecture, Speaker: Mark Spencer, Mark is Chair of Entomology and has been rearing insects for many years. A Study of the Lifecycles and Survival Methods of some of the Worlds Amazing Butterflies and Moths.
Entomology Field Meeting30th April 2017 at 11.00am
Leader: Mark Spencer, Location: Martin Down Nature Reserve. Map Ref. SU 037201, We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. Our walk over the site will be fairly flat, though be aware of loose stones on paths. We will walk the Chalk Downland side of the site first, returning […]
Spring and early Summer insects in Dorset.29th April 2017 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Mark Spencer
Mothing at Pig Bush, New Forest.June 21, 2014
21st June 2014. IDENTIFIED CAPTURE LIST. MACROS. 27 Species identified. 1. Petrophora chlorosata. Brown Silver-line. X2. 2. Noctua comes. Lesser Yellow Underwing. X1. ( at treacle) 3. Lycophotia porphyrea. True Lover’s Knot. X5. 4. Idaea straminata. Plain Wave. X1. 5. Ochropleura plecta. Flame Shoulder. X1. 6. Melanchra pisi. Broom moth.X3. 7. Spilosoma luteum. Buff Ermine. […]
Mothing at Pig Bush, New ForestJune 15, 2014
15th June 2014. IN ORDER OF CAPTURE. MACROS. 24 Species identified. 1. Rivula sericealis. Straw Dot. X1. 2. Dipterygia scabriuscula. Bird’s Wing. X5 ( all at treacle) 3. Opisthographis luteolata. Brimstone. X1. 4. Plagodis dolabraria. Scorched Wing. X5. 5. Apamea monolglypha. Dark Arches. X1. (at treacle) 6. Ourapteryx sambucaria. Swallow-tailed. X1. 7. Melanchra pisi. Broom. […]
Insect Report 2013January 2, 2013
BNSS ENTOMOLOGY. LECTURES 2013. January29th. Some more insects in winter. A talk by the societies chairman about how many of our local insects spend the winter months, including those that hibernate and others that are very active at this time of year. February 16th. A simplified introduction to Entomology. A simple view, of the complex […]
Insects Report 2012January 1, 2012
BNSS. 2012 LECTURES. January 10th. Insects in winter. Mark Spencer. February 21st. New forest insects. Paul Brock. March 31st. Insects of the Sumatran rainforest. Jonathon McGowan. April 24th. Spiders and their lives. Simon Moore. June 26th. Some invertebrates of India. Jonathon McGowan. June 30th. Some insects at Martin Down. Mark Spencer. August 4th. Insects and […]
Insect Report 2011January 26, 2011
RECENT WORK AT THE BNSS. I am pleased to report that quite a lot has been achieved with Entomology at the BNSS during the last 12 months. Ben Limburn has done an immense amount of work to help preserve the large collections, from the ravages of pests such as the Museum Beetle, by tirelessly rotating […]