Autumn Bug Club Outing report
Published: 15 September 2007
The Autumn Bug Club Outing took place this weekend at the University of Oxford's Natural History Museum. The trip was led by Darren Mann, who works at the University museum, and Dafydd & Kieren from the AES.
It was sunny day and we went out into the University parks to hunt for invertebrates. Darren showed the budding entomologists how to use three sorts of collecting equipment:
- Sweep nets
- Beating trays
- Petrol-powered suctions samplers
After collecting for about an hour we returned to the museum and looked at the invertebrates using the museum's microscopes. We had lots of fantastic beasts to look at including some impressive bush crickets.
Darren then led some behind-the-scenes tours of the University's insect collection, the second largest in the UK after the Natural History Museum's collection in London.
A great day was had by all and we intend to make a return visit next year.
Special thanks must go to Darren Mann and everyone else at the museum for organising the event.
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