Raising awareness for the Carabidae species of the UK!

Raising awareness for the Carabidae species of the UK!

Raising awareness for the Carabidae species of the UK! - UK and Ireland : Carabidae are frustratingly under recorded in the UK, they seem to be much less 'popular' than the other invertebrate groups, such as damselflies and butterflies. I hope to make Carabidae more 'popular' by helping people learn about them. I think the more

Carabidae are frustratingly under recorded in the UK, they seem to be much less 'popular' than the other invertebrate groups, such as damselflies and butterflies. I hope to make Carabidae more 'popular' by helping people learn about them. I think the more you know about a group the better you like it, for instance everyone knows about butterflies, so they are one of the 'popular' ones.
Every new Carabidae enthusiast should purchase 'Carabidae (ground beetles) of Britain and Ireland' by Martin.L.Luff (Royal Entomological Society Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects Vol. 4 Part. 2 Ed. 2) which is great for identification. It not only includes keys but also has clear colour plates.
For identification on iSpot and similar sites, I would advise a minimum of 2 photos. One of the above view and one of the below view. You may also want to add a closeup of the head, pronotum etc. to make an expert's life easier, they might not have as good eyesight as you!
If anyone has any questions about ground beetles just add a comment. I probably won't be able to answer them myself, but the book will!

09 Jul 2015
jimmymac2