National Insect Week returns in 2020
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00
Visit The Story Museum, Oxford, for a special exhibition all about the six-legged stars from your favourite stories!
With magnifying glass in hand, YOU can be the explorer, journeying through the past 150 years to discover how insects have inspired incredible tales such as Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard. With gigantic illustrations, real insect specimens, and interactive models, both children and adults can uncover the surprising amount the authors teach us about the biology of these fascinating creatures and why they are so important to us.
Organised by the Royal Entomological Society in collaboration with the Story Museum, this exciting exhibition will also host a range of incredible entomological events including a live book reading by award winning 'Beetle Boy' author M. G. Leonard (16th and 17th June), a chance to get up close and personal with live insects at the Bug Bonanza showcase (17th June), and a talk all about the insects in J. R. R. Tolkien's universe for 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' (23rd June).
Sign up online today at The Story Museum Website to avoid missing out on what is certain to be a wonderful celebration of incredible insects!
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.