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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Insect events this February 2018 half term!

Here are our top picks of entomological events around the UK over the next few weeks.

Ladybird Hustle

South West

Take part in a bug hunt and then make your own bug home on Wednesday 14th February near Liskeard.

Learn about Sustainable Beekeeping at the Eden Project on Saturday 17th February.

Buy a new insect friend and learn how look after it at Bugfest in Yeovil on Sunday 18th February.

Visit ‘Forgotten Little Creatures’, Victoria Hillman’s photography exhibition in Bath from Thursday 22nd February.

Wales

Hear about ‘The Plight of the Bumblebee’ in Chepstow on Wednesday 21st February.

Visit the Bug Farm at St David's to see their new LEGO model of Roald Dahl's James & the Giant Peach and Cross-pollination Project Art Exhibition, as well as the Tropical Zoo, Bug Museum and tey the new menus in the Grub Kitchen Café.

Warm up with the butterflies in Plas Pilipala at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Northern Ireland

Find out what you can do to help pollinators in Musgrave Park on Sunday 14th February.

Hear about butterflies in the region on Thursday 15th February in Belfast.

Learn about Urban Beekeeping in Sunday 18th February in Belfast and don't forget the other Northern Ireland Science Festival events.

South

Go on a bug hunt, meet some of the Bug Roadshow’s Mega Bugs and build a bug home at Brogdale, near Faversham, on Tuesday 13th February.

Join a minibeast hunt on at Fingringhoe Wick on Tuesday 13th February.

Get up close and personal with the bugs at Beale Park, near Reading, on Wednesday 14th February.

Try pond dipping at Abberton Reservoir on Thursday 15th February.

Hear about ‘The Weird and Wonderful World of Pollination’ on Friday 23rd February in Hythe.

London

Spot butterfly species from all around the world at the Horniman Museum’s Butterfly House.

Delve into the world of invertebrates at the 1pm MegaBugs Live! Talk every day at ZSL London Zoo.

Treat yourself to Cirque du Soleil’s incredible Ovo show at the Royal Albert Hall in February 2018

Midlands

Find out about the bugs and beasties in the house at Lyme Park on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February.

Hear all about moths on Monday 19th February at Alford.

Go pond dipping, mini beast hunting and meet exotic insects at Birmingham Botanical Gardens from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February.

Make a Bug House on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February at the Eco Park in Birmingham.

North

Handle some Magical Minibeasts on Monday 12th February at Brockhole on Windermere.

Do number 35 of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ by discovering what’s in a pond at Washington Old Hall on Monday 12th February.

Meet the Minibeasts at Great North Museum Hancock on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February.

Help make Bug Hotels for Broadhurst Park in Manchester on Saturday 17th February.

Scotland

Learn about the science of plants and aphids on Tuesday 13th February in Aberdeen.

Hear about insect pests of trees in Scotland on Wednesday 21st February in Edinburgh.

Meet the insects every day at 2:45pm at Edinburgh zoo.

Pop in to see the butterflies at the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.

Did you know?

Honeydew

Honeydew is a sugary fluid produced by many plant sucking insects like aphids.

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