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National Insect Week returns in 2020


  • Great stag beetle hunt


    The magnificent stag beetle needs your help. This endangered species has become extinct in many parts of the UK, but together we can protect those that remain, before it is too late.

    For: Everyone

  • Linnean Society Learning Resources

    Activities sheet Lesson plan Podcast

    Learning resources from the Linnean Society.

    For: Primary Secondary Adults Everyone

  • Jane Memmott – Urban Pollinators

    Professor Jane Memmott


    Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, Professor Jane Memmott, tells us about how our cities can still be a valuable home for large numbers of pollinator species, why you shouldn't mow down your dandelions, and why t he Urban Pollinators research project can be so...

  • Darren Mann - Taxonomy and Museum Curation

    Darren Mann setting up traps for dung beetles


    Darren Mann - head of the University of Oxford Natural History Museum’s Life collections - talks about what it’s like to manage the millions of specimens the museum contains, how to identify a bee that flew into someone’s bathroom, and how taxonomy – the scientific naming and identification of...

  • Simon Leather - Aphids, Entomology today, Applied Entomology

    Professor Simon Leather


    Professor of Entomology at Harper Adams University, Simon Leather, tells us how research on insects can really make a difference internationally, how roundabouts can be a boost to biodiversity, and gives us a look into the state of Entomology today. pc_Simon_Leather_aphid_cannibal.jpg

  • Richard Comont – Citizen Science

    Dr Richard Comont collects insects with a pooter and sweep net.


    Data officer at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dr Richard Comont, tells us how we, the citizens, can contribute first hand to national research projects and conservation through the power of ‘citizen science’. Why not start today by recording your ladybird sightings for the UK Ladybird Survey...

  • George McGavin – The TV Shows

    George in his ‘bee hoody’ whilst filming for ‘Ultimate Swarms’


    In Part Two we hear about George’s extensive work on TV, his continuing efforts to get an insect natural history series back on the air, and why it’s necessary to dig in elephant poo for two hours to get the perfect shot.

  • George McGavin – Switching from Academia to the TV

    George exploring the tree canopy


    Dr George McGavin - presenter of such TV shows as Lost Land of The Jaguar, Planet Ant, and Ultimate Swarms – joins us for a special two-part interview. In Part One, George tells us about why insects are so fascinating, how switching from academia to the media was the ultimate way to spread his...

  • Lin Field - Using genomics to understand insecticide resistance

    Professor Lin Field


    Professor Lin Field of Rothamstead Research discusses how insect pests can develop resistance against even the most potent chemical insecticides, how we can use their genetic sequences to develop new methods to control them, and debates whether the use of neonicotinoid insecticides are causing the...

  • Graham Smith - Captive breeding of exotic insects


    pc_Graham_and_Janice_Smith.jpg Co-founder of invertebrate suppliers Metamorphosis , Graham Smith, describes how to work out the reproductive biology of exotic insects new to captivity, how captive breeding and affordable suppliers reduce the risk of illegal collecting from the wild, and why insects...


Did you know?


The scientific term for insect poo is 'frass'.

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