© David Maitland
Bumblebee and poppies, Bombus terrestris
National Insect Week returns in 2022
Need help identifying an insect you've seen?
First, have a look at our Intriguing Insects Miniguide, which shows our most requested insect species to identify.
If your insect is not there, then why not ask one of our experts.
National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects.
Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society organises the week, supported by a large number of partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects.
Discover insects now
A parasitoid lives within a host and ultimately kills or sterilises it, a parasite simply lives off its host's resources.
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