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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Open Air Laboratories - OPAL

Open Air Laboratories - OPAL

Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) is a nationwide initiative that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, study, and enjoy their local environment. OPAL organises activities, events and a series of national surveys that bring scientists and the public closer together, creating lasting relationships, and contributing to valuable scientific research. OPAL is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and led by Imperial College London.

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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.