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Following the latest government announcement concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic the Society headquarters at Mansion House has now closed.

Where possible emails will be monitored, any urgent enquiries should be forwarded to

Membership applications will be put on hold until further notice.

Our "identify that insect" service will continue, but our Director of Science cannot accept any physical samples to inspect during this time.

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet.

All events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice

We hope that everyone stays well and we hope that normal business can resume soon for everyone, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time that the world finds itself in.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

Webspinners (Embioptera)

Also known as Embiidina, the webspinners are a fairly small group with around 450 known species, found mainly in the tropical regions of all continents; they also extend into some temperate parts of the USA and southern Europe. Around a dozen species are found in southern Europe in the families Embiidae and Oligotomidae. The Embioptera, together with their sister group Zoraptera, seem distantly related to Plecoptera, but also share some characteristics with the Phasmida and Orthoptera. Their most distinctive feature is a large silk-producing gland in each fore tarsus, found in both sexes and in the nymphal stages; the silk is used to build extensive gallery systems in the soil, leaf litter or on tree bark.

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