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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Winning Photographs 2010

© Rory Morrisey

Mayfly meal: common blue damselfly with lunch, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Mayfly meal: common blue damselfly with lunch, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Danny Beath

Emerging Crane Fly, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Emerging Crane Fly, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Sam Baylis

Hoverfly on flower, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Hoverfly on flower, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Sandra Solly

Weevil on a leaf, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Weevil on a leaf, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Danny Beath

Mayfly at sunset, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Mayfly at sunset, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Hayley Wiswell

Common blue butterfly, Polyommatus icarus, on lavender, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Common blue butterfly, Polyommatus icarus, on lavender, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Ruth Carter

Broad-bodied chaser, Libellula depressa, Second Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Broad-bodied chaser, Libellula depressa, Second Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Anne Parry

Butterfly feeding, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Butterfly feeding, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Wanyoike¬†Wamiti

Blister beetle (Meloidae), Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Blister beetle (Meloidae), Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Pawel Bieniewski

Ant Formica sp. & wasp Vespula sp, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Ant Formica sp. & wasp Vespula sp, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Chris Avery

Mayfly nymph shuck, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Mayfly nymph shuck, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Jessica Caterson

6-spot burnet moth, Zygaena filipendulae, and common drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on brown knapweed, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

6-spot burnet moth, Zygaena filipendulae, and common drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on brown knapweed, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Sandra Solly

Pair of dung-flies, Scathophaga sp., on blackberry, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Pair of dung-flies, Scathophaga sp., on blackberry, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Pawel Bieniewski

European Rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes nasicornis, Specially Commmended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

European Rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes nasicornis, Specially Commmended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Adrian Bicker

Female mayfly Ephemera vulgata, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Female mayfly Ephemera vulgata, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© John Slader

Mayfly on grass head, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Mayfly on grass head, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Adrian Bicker

Male solitary bees, Melitta haemorrhoidalis, shelter in a Campanula flower overnight, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Male solitary bees, Melitta haemorrhoidalis, shelter in a Campanula flower overnight, Specially Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Ruth Siller

Beetle on wet pavement, Mallorca, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Beetle on wet pavement, Mallorca, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Adrian Bicker

Female mayfly, Ephemera vulgata, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Female mayfly, Ephemera vulgata, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Sam Baylis

Southern Hawker dragonfly, Aeshna cyanea, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category

Southern Hawker dragonfly, Aeshna cyanea, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition under 18 category
© Danny Beath

Adult mayfly at sunset, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Adult mayfly at sunset, First Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Tim Jacklin

Stonefly, River Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, UK, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Stonefly, River Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, UK, Commended 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category
© Pawel Bieniewski

Ant, Formica sp., Second Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category

Ant, Formica sp., Second Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition adult category
© Lance Ostler

Adult mayfly on water, Second Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Adult mayfly on water, Second Prize 2010 NIW Photography Competition riverfly category

Did you know?

Curious courtship

Insects can have interesting mating behaviours including specific calls, movements and gifts.