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find out about some of Anneliese’s discoveries in theBigBuzz garden in York ...
 

Berberis Sawfly larvae:
The first ever to be recorded
in York:

Berberis Sawfly Larvae 27July 07 - copyright Anneliese Emmans Dean

Report your Berberis Sawfly sightings to the RHS

 

Buff-tailed Bumblebee:
Furthest north ever recorded
in January

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Worker 24.1.07 - copyright Anneliese Emmans Dean

Record the bumblebees
you see 
with BeeWatch

 

Rosemary Beetle:
Only the second time ever recorded in York - and the first time on my side of the river!

Rosemary-Beetle-08 - copyright Anneliese Emmans Dean

Report your Rosemary Beetle sightings to the RHS

 

Harlequin Ladybirds:
 Arrival in York

Harlequin-succinea-08 - copyright Anneliese Emmans Dean

Report your Harlequin Ladybird sightings to the Harlequin Ladybird Survey

 

Tree Bumblebees:
 Arrival in York

10-03-Bombus-hypnorum-Annel02

Record your Tree Bumblebee sightings with OPAL

 


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BugWatch

 

You can make an important contribution to science by recording the bugs you see! Scientists up and down the UK rely on us to tell them what bugs we see, so they can build up a nationwide picture of what bugs are where. Click below to see how you can record the bugs you see. Who knows, you might even make a world-first scientific discovery!

Don’t forget Nature’s Calendar too, where you can record your Springwatch and Autumnwatch sightings of animals and plants. Younger recorders and schools should check out Nature Detectives.

Seen something you don’t recognise? Send a photo of it to Wild About Britain or i-Spot, where experts will help you identify it!

Please note: I try to keep the links on this page up to date, but they do sometimes chop and change without my knowing. If you come across any links here that no longer work, do email me and I’ll try to put them right as soon as possible. Thanks!

Bees
If you see a bumblebee, particularly if it’s an unusual one, take a photo and send it to BeeWatch. BeeWatch wants to build up a map of what bumblebees are where in Britain. The online BeeWatch tools will help you identify your bumblebee, and your ID will be confirmed by BeeWatch experts.

If you see a Tree Bumblebee, you can record your sighting with OPAL as part of their Bugs Count Species Quest.

If you get really keen on bumblebees, you might want to take part in BeeWalk. This involves you walking a fixed-route of 1-2km every month, and recording what bumblebees you see.

By the way, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust wrote the Foreword to my Buzzing! book, and are fans of my Buzzing! CD:
Your Buzzing! CD is wonderful.
We put it on in the office when someone needs cheering up.’

Beetles
Rosemary Beetle

If you spot a Rosemary Beetle, the Royal Horticultural Society would like to know about it!

Stag Beetle
Stag beetles are some of the largest beetles in the UK. They can grow to be larger than a matchbox. The Great Stag Hunt was launched in 1998, to record sightings of stag beetles in the UK, where they are a protected species. Have you seen a stag beetle where you are?

Ladybirds - see below

Butterflies
Butterfly Conservation runs a series of different butterfly recording schemes. One of the best to take part in is The Big Butterfly Count. It only takes 15 minutes once a year, and is vital to help scientists understand which of our butterfly species are threatened and which are thriving.

Painted Lady butterfly
The Painted Lady butterfly flies here all the way from Africa. Let the Butterfly Conservation Trust know if you see any!

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly
OPAL is recording sightings of the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly as part of its Bugs Count Species Quest.

Ladybirds
There are lots of different ladybirds you might come across in the UK. Visit the UK Ladybird survey to find out how to record ladybirds you see in your garden, or whilst out and about. And see below for how to record the latest threat, the Harlequin Ladybird.

Ladybirds

Harlequin ladybird
The Harlequin is an invader ladybird from abroad, with the potential to harm our native ladybird species. The Harlequin arrived in Britain in 2004. Has it reached where you are? I first saw them in York in Autumn 2007 (read all about it). Take a photo if you think you see one. The people at the Harlequin Ladybird Survey will tell you if it’s a Harlequin or not.

Moths
What moths can you see in your garden? There are several moth recording schemes. One of the easiest to take part in is run once a year on Moth Night.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
With climate change, more and more Hummingbird Hawkmoths are expected here. I’ve seen them - fleetingly - in my garden in York. Have you seen them where you are?

Sawflies
Do you live in Wales? The editor of The Sawfly Study Group Newsletter, Guy Knight, Zoology Curator (entomology) at the National Museums Liverpool, is actively looking for sightings of any species of sawfly spotted in Wales. If you see any there, email your sightings to Guy.Knight@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Berberis sawflies
I was the first person to record Berberis sawflies in York (read all about it)! Will you be the first person to record them where you are? If you see them, the Royal Horticultural Society would like to know about it!

Worms
Worms are vital! And OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) wants our help to find out more about them. Their ‘Soil and Earthworm’ survey started in March 2009.

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