AES Members’ Day

Saturday 3rd May 2014

As a contribution to the Club’s outreach programme, Dennis Fullwood and Alan Wood took along an assortment of stereo and compound microscopes to the 2014 Members’ Day and AGM of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society (AES), held this year at Haslemere Educational Museum in Surrey. This was the second outing for the Club’s new banner that you can see in the first photograph.

Quekett stand at AES Members’€™ DayDennis Fullwood talking to a visitor to the Quekett stand at the AES Members’€™ Day

There were lots of AES members there, and they all had to pass our stand in order to reach the room where the AGM and lectures were held. We hadn’t even finished setting up before our first visitor asked to use a stereo to examine a small beetle he had just received. Once we were set up, we showed insects in amber and in synthetic resin, slides of insects, and live insects collected from the grounds of the Museum. Apart from the Quekett and AES stands, there was just one bookseller and 2 people giving away their excess stick insects and phasmids.

There was not a great deal of interest from AES members, but some were interested in acquiring microscopes and we might see them at Microscopium in October. During the afternoon we entertained several local children who were visiting the Museum with their parents and grandparents, and we expect to see some of them again at Young Scientists’ Day in June.

The Museum has collections of around 65,000 insects (including 20,000 butterflies, 30,000 moths, 10,000 beetles, 3,500 flies and some bees, wasps and dragonflies), 70,000 shells, 65,000 botanical specimens and 15,000 birds, but no microscopes in working order. At the back of the Museum there is a lawn, a meadow, a pond and some woodland; it looks a nice place to visit on a fine day.

Lawn at Haslemere MuseumAES members eating packed lunches around the lawn at Haslemere Museum

Meadow at Haslemere MuseumMeadow at Haslemere Museum

Dead tree at Haslemere MuseumDead tree in the wooded area at Haslemere Museum

Report and photographs by Alan Wood

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