The Herts Invertebrate Project is an initiative to promote the recording of invertebrates in Herts through the organisation of a calendar of site surveys. It was founded in 2015 with two main objectives: increasing the number of invertebrate records being made at a variety of key sites across the county, especially for under-recorded species groups; and offering an environment in which newcomers to recording can develop their confidence and skills and, thus, ultimately helping to increase the number of people with the interest and ability to contribute to biological recording.
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Invertebrate recording at Tring Reservoirs
Sat 11 Aug 2018
The mixture of habitats proved to be of great interest, yielding a number of important beetle records and a good Orthoptera list.
Invertebrate recording at Gobions Wood
Sat 28 Jul 2018
The group visited Gobions Wood, and the surrounding area, and focused their efforts on observing bees and Conopids, especially along the bramble-covered field edges. One of the species found on the day was the Mirid bug Megalocoleus tanaceti, which is associated with Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) and has not been recorded before on HIP meetings.
Invertebrate recording at Long Deans
Sat 14 Jul 2018
The undoubted highlight of this meeting was the discovery of the Tree Snipefly (Chrysopilus laetus) by Gail Ashton, which was a first record for the county of Hertfordshire. This was one of 100 species identified from the meeting, and among the other species was the hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum.
Chrysotoxum bicinctum (Ian Carle)
Invertebrate recording at King's Meads
Sat 23 Jun 2018
This meeting was run jointly with the British Naturalists' Association and yielded a number of very interesting records, of which the highlight was a Fan-bristled Robberfly (Dysmachus trigonus), found by Gail Ashton, which was the first of its species ever recorded in Hertfordshire.
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