National Insect Week returns in 2020
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 16:00 to 17:30
What you'll do
Join us and learn how to display insects in the style of museum specimens. You can come individually or as a group of friends. Over the course of the session you will learn more about insect mounting and have the opportunity to mount your own (sustainably sourced) cricket or butterfly. Our experts will supply all of the equipment so you only need to bring yourself. Your specimen will be available for you to collect and keep the following Saturday.
About your facilitators
The workshops will be led by two expert entomologists, Dr Tim Cockerill and Lucia Chmurova.
Where we'll be
The workshops will take place in our Studio on level 1. When you enter the museum head up the stairs or take the lift to floor 1 and follow the signs. Each workshop has 25 spaces available. Sign up will open at 13.30 in the Studio. Places are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
These workshops are for anyone aged 14-19. If you’re visiting the museum with parents they are welcome to drop you off at our Studio.
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.