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National Insect Week returns in 2020


  • There’s going to be a buzz at Big Bang Fair 2017

    Insects and the scientists that study them will be at the NEC, Birmingham from 15th to 18th March. Insect handling © Harper Adams University The Royal Entomological Society will be joining more than 200 STEM organisations at the event and showing young people how they can study insects and start a...
  • Insect fun this February 2017 half term!

    Looking for entomological activities over the next few weeks? Here are some from around the UK. South West Visit The Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary at Buckfastleigh to find tropical butterflies and leafcutter ants. Hear abour the butterfly species of Britain with Harold Gillen’s ‘A Butterfly...
  • Photography competition winners

    A celebration of the most diverse group of animals on Earth. The winners of the prestigious National Insect Week Photography Competition have been announced by the Royal Entomological Society. All the winning and commended images can viewed in our galleries . The winning photographer in the adult...
  • Neudorff Twitter Giveaway

    A big thank you to everyone that joined in on Twitter during National Insect Week 2016. The randomly selected winners of the Twitter giveaway sponsored by Neudorff have been announced... @JordanRainey3 @UoABiodiversity @hayleyento @lartishe @martineau27 @slgardens ...and the Grand Prize of a...
  • The Great Bug Hunt 2016

    Winning schools announced ‘ © ASE A winning entry from Wickham Market Primary School WOW! So many facts and figures, presented in a fascinating way. Insects forever! (David Bellamy OBE) The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced! The competition, organised by the...
  • NIW continues

    CBeebies presenter Jess French discovers bumblebees with pupils from Hawley Infants School A huge thank you to everyone that organised events, attended events and supported National Insect Week 2016. Thousands of people joined together to celebrate the little things that run the world . The...
  • Podcast with Richard 'Bugman' Jones

    Author Richard 'Bugman' Jones tells us how his dinner-party behaviour inspired his new book 'House Guests, House Pests'. BUGMAN.jpg Follow Richard on Twiiter @bugmanjones or read more at
  • Bug of the Day - Sunday

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  • Mosquitoes and the Panama Canal

    Celebrating its centenary in 2014, the Panama Canal is regarded as a wonder of the modern world. Billions of pounds of shipping commerce pass through the jungle-flanked 80 km waterway each year, but it was almost never completed. Its construction faced a huge barrier, but this wasn’t the mountains...
  • Podcast with Brett Westwood

    Veteran radio presenter Brett Westwood tells us about the heavy insect focus in 'Natural Histories', the landmark series on BBC Radio 4 focusing on how animals and plants have been woven into our culture. Brett BBC.jpg Catch all episodes of 'Natural Histories' on the BBC Radio 4 website .


Did you know?


Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.