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National Insect Week returns in 2020


  • Camille Parmesan - The responses of insects to climate change


    Professor Camille Parmesan of the University of Plymouth explains how insects are responding to climate change in space and time, and why insects are the perfect study organisms for answering the biggest questions in ecology and evolution.

  • Rod Clarke - Natural history cinematography


    Rod Clarke - cinematographer for David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ series of documentaries, Africa, and more recently Hidden Kingdoms – gives a technical insight into the practicalities of filming insects, explains how important it is to be on their level to get into their world, and tells us why they...

  • Sarah Beynon - Dung beetles and agricultural entomology


    Ecologist, farmer and TV presenter, Dr Sarah Beynon, gives us a great introduction on dung beetle biology, explains why they’re so important to our planet’s ecosystems, and highlights the dangers of using toxic chemicals in livestock rearing to the health and abundance of these beneficial insects.

  • Jeremy Thomas - Butterfly ecology and conservation


    Professor Jeremy Thomas of Oxford University and president of the Royal Entomological Society talks about the essential need to understand the ecology and behaviour of a species in order to conserve it, how his research helped reintroduce an extinct species of butterfly to the UK, and what the...

  • British beekeepers association

    British Beekeepers Association logo


    The British beekeepers association website holds a wealth of information for adults, educators and children alike.
  • Beetle gallery


    Explore the ‘Planet of the Beetles’, which have lived on Earth since long before the age of the dinosaur. Over 370,000 known species in total, see some of the most well known.

    For: Everyone

  • Minotaur beetle

    Minotaur beetle, Typhaeus typhoeus


    Typhaeus typhoeus – (family Scarabaeidae) The minotaur beetle is a spectacular dung beetle of heaths, moorlands and mountains, especially in the north and west of the British Isles. The males use the long prongs on the thorax (as seen here) to compete for females. Large males have relatively even...
  • Bloody-nosed beetle

    Bloody-nosed beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa


    Timarcha tenebricosa – (family Chrysomelidae) Unlike the majority of chrysomelid beetles, which are brightly coloured, often with a metallic shine, the adult bloody-nosed beetle is black. It is slow-moving and feeds on bedstraw plants. Its distinctive feature is its defensive reaction of producing...
  • Rove beetle

    Rove beetle, Staphylinus erythropterus


    Staphylinus erythropterus – (family Staphylinidae) Rove beetles are characterized by having greatly shortened wing-cases with their flying wings much-folded underneath. This gives them narrow flexible bodies that allow them to chase their prey rapidly through complex spaces such as densely matted...
  • Black-tipped soldier beetle

    Common red soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva


    Rhagonycha fulva – (family Cantharidae) This is probably the commonest British soldier beetle and the adults are found later than other species, in July and early August. It is usually seen on flowers where it feeds on nectar and pollen, but also robs and eats other flower-visiting insects: it can...


Did you know?

Most reviled insect in the UK

Cockroaches, unfortunate as we have cute native cockroaches (Ectobius sp.) living by sea and on heathland.

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