National Insect Week returns in 2020
The Field Studies Council is an environmental education charity committed to helping people understand, and be inspired, by the natural world. It has a network of 17 education centres in the UK, providing fieldwork experience and practical courses for thousands of students every year. It also produces a range of publications, including pictorial field guides for species identification.
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.