Creepy crawlies…

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.

Orange Tip butterfly

Species List for Field Trips 2017
Species List for Field Trips 2016

Upcoming Insects events

Lecture: Creatures of Our Watery Habitats

22nd June 2019 at 2.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer Looking at insects associated with Ponds, Streams and Rivers. Mark is Chair of Entomology at the BNSS and has reared and studied insects for 53 years, both in captivity and in the Wild.

Field Meeting: Town Common Ponds

23rd June 2019 at 10.30am-3.30pm

Leader: Mark Spencer. Guide: Andrew Brown Town Common Ponds, Map ref: SZ136975 Park cars opposite Avon Causeway  Motel at the entrance to Dudmore Lane. Objective: To observe and record Dragonflies and Damselflies at the several ponds on this site.

Lecture: Some of My Favourite Exotic Arthropod Pets and How they can be Reared

25th June 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer A chance to see some great exotics in detail and hear of the joys and failures encountered, in trying to rear them in captivity. Mark has studied and reared many species of Insects and a few Spiders, in the last 53 Years and has shown many to the Public, at various events […]

Entomology Workshop: Meet the livestock

26th June 2019 at 7.30pm (evening rather than afternoon meeting)

Leader: Mark Spencer Discuss the pros and cons of captive breeding of arthropods, Insects and spiders.

Lecture: Grasshoppers & Crickets

29th June 2019 at 2.30pm

Speaker: Jonathan MacGowan Exploring grasshoppers and crickets from UK and around the world.

Field Meeting: Martin Down Nature Reserve

30th June 2019 at 10.30am

Leader: Mark Spencer Martin Down Nature Reserve, Map ref: SU 037201. Objective: To find and observe mid-summer plants and insects, target species, Dark green Fritillary, Burnet and Forester moths and Scarlet Tiger moths. We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. Our walk over the site will be fairly flat, […]

Field Meeting – Martin Down

21st July 2019 at 10.30am

Martin Down Nature Reserve Map Ref SU 037201. Leader: Mark Spencer Objective. To observe any interesting wildlife, especially butterflies and day flying moths. 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 […]

Entomology Lecture: The pros and cons of garden and wild plants for insects.

23rd July 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer

Joint Field Meeting with Butterfly Conservation – Sillens Lane

4th August 2019 at 10.30am-3.30pm

Joint Field Meeting with Butterfly Conservation Sillens Lane Martin Down SP6 3LB OS Map 118. 057 192 Leader: Mark Spencer Meet at the top of Sillens Lane, accessed through the village, off the triangular green. The walk we will take, will be on a steady rise over the chalk grassland and we will take lunch […]

Lecture: “The Search for Hine’s Emerald”

3rd September 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Peter Allen An account of a number of adventures whilst visiting Missouri and Illinois, the centre piece being looking for a very rare dragonfly, the research on which was granted $3,000,000.