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National Insect Week returns in 2022


  • George McGavin – The TV Shows

    George in his ‘bee hoody’ whilst filming for ‘Ultimate Swarms’


    In Part Two we hear about George’s extensive work on TV, his continuing efforts to get an insect natural history series back on the air, and why it’s necessary to dig in elephant poo for two hours to get the perfect shot.

  • George McGavin – Switching from Academia to the TV

    George exploring the tree canopy


    Dr George McGavin - presenter of such TV shows as Lost Land of The Jaguar, Planet Ant, and Ultimate Swarms – joins us for a special two-part interview. In Part One, George tells us about why insects are so fascinating, how switching from academia to the media was the ultimate way to spread his...

  • Lin Field - Using genomics to understand insecticide resistance

    Professor Lin Field


    Professor Lin Field of Rothamstead Research discusses how insect pests can develop resistance against even the most potent chemical insecticides, how we can use their genetic sequences to develop new methods to control them, and debates whether the use of neonicotinoid insecticides are causing the...

  • Graham Smith - Captive breeding of exotic insects


    pc_Graham_and_Janice_Smith.jpg Co-founder of invertebrate suppliers Metamorphosis , Graham Smith, describes how to work out the reproductive biology of exotic insects new to captivity, how captive breeding and affordable suppliers reduce the risk of illegal collecting from the wild, and why insects...

  • Camille Parmesan - The responses of insects to climate change


    Professor Camille Parmesan of the University of Plymouth explains how insects are responding to climate change in space and time, and why insects are the perfect study organisms for answering the biggest questions in ecology and evolution.

  • Rod Clarke - Natural history cinematography


    Rod Clarke - cinematographer for David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ series of documentaries, Africa, and more recently Hidden Kingdoms – gives a technical insight into the practicalities of filming insects, explains how important it is to be on their level to get into their world, and tells us why they...

  • Sarah Beynon - Dung beetles and agricultural entomology


    Ecologist, farmer and TV presenter, Dr Sarah Beynon, gives us a great introduction on dung beetle biology, explains why they’re so important to our planet’s ecosystems, and highlights the dangers of using toxic chemicals in livestock rearing to the health and abundance of these beneficial insects.

  • Jeremy Thomas - Butterfly ecology and conservation


    Professor Jeremy Thomas of Oxford University and president of the Royal Entomological Society talks about the essential need to understand the ecology and behaviour of a species in order to conserve it, how his research helped reintroduce an extinct species of butterfly to the UK, and what the...

  • British beekeepers association

    British Beekeepers Association logo


    The British beekeepers association website holds a wealth of information for adults, educators and children alike.
  • Beetle gallery


    Explore the ‘Planet of the Beetles’, which have lived on Earth since long before the age of the dinosaur. Over 370,000 known species in total, see some of the most well known.

    For: Everyone


Did you know?

Flea jumping

Fleas use their leg joints as levers to crouch down, before springing up to 200 times their body length.

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