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National Insect Week returns in 2020

On the Trail of the Hoverflies at Natural History Museum

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:00

Hoverflies are a large and diverse family of flies that are important pollinators across the British Isles.

Many pollinator species around the world are in decline or under threat. The loss of these species could have a devastating impact on plant diversity and food supply.

Meet a Museum scientist who is using DNA techniques to follow the hoverfly journey from one flower to the next.

Discover how this knowledge could help protect pollinators and conserve one of the most important relationships in nature.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all

Cost details

Free to all


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Wasps, hornets & bees, many insects such as hoverflies replicate their colours without having stings.

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