National Insect Week returns in 2020
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:00 to 14:00
Immerse yourself in the hidden world of insects.
Join our expert entomologists in the Wisley glasshouse gallery.
There will be a variety of insect themed activities and displays including microscopes where you can explore the intricate detail of insects and displays showing the diversity of British invertebrates.
Normal garden entrance fees (free to RHS members) apply.
There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.