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National Insect Week returns in 2022

2018 Competition winners (Under 18 category)

1st Prize - Zach Haynes

Mayfly on an unfurled fern frond

1st Prize - Zach Haynes
Mayfly on an unfurled fern frond

2nd Prize – Shannon Cansfield

Reflecting

2nd Prize – Shannon Cansfield
Reflecting

Specially Commended – Alex Perry

Lang’s Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous)

Specially Commended – Alex Perry
Lang’s Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous)

Specially Commended - Rebecca Hyde

Dragonfly Impossible

Specially Commended - Rebecca Hyde
Dragonfly Impossible

Specially Commended – Zach Haynes

Hoverfly honing in

Specially Commended – Zach Haynes
Hoverfly honing in

Specially Commended – Gavin Pandya

Golden Beprestid on Iris

Specially Commended – Gavin Pandya
Golden Beprestid on Iris

Did you know?

Most poisonous

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.