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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Fireflies - The Flashiest of Beetles at Natural History Museum

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 14:30 to 15:00

Most beetles prefer to remain inconspicuous - but not the firefly. 

Fireflies often gather in spectacular numbers to deliver a dazzling light display after dusk, with multiple species performing their distinct displays in tandem.

The results are spectacular and overwhelming.

There is order in the lights, however - as well as a tale of life, death and chemistry.

Join Museum scientist Michael Geiser to learn more about these flashiest of beetles. 

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all

Cost details

Free to all


Did you know?

Hottest and most explosive

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