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National Insect Week returns in 2020

National Insect Week at the Natural History Museum: meet the entomologists.

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:00 to 16:00

There's a lot more to insects than meets the eye.

To celebrate National Insect Week, the Museum is decking out the Orange Zone with some of the millions of specimens from our collections and inviting visitors to meet our researchers, take part in activities and find out exactly why insects are so fascinating.

Discover the extraordinary diversity of insects around world and why they are important to us.

• Meet curators and explore stunning specimens from our creepy crawly collections. Learn about insect lifecycles and ecology, and hear how we preserve and research nature’s wonders.

• Join our experts in the Museum's Wildlife Garden for a look at what insects can be found in ponds, and hunt for flying insects in the meadow habitat.

• Get hands-on with real insect specimens, test your identification skills, and play our 'what bug are you' game.

• From pollination to pest control, discover the vital roles insects play in the environment with our Nature Live talk at 15.00 in the Attenborough Studio.

All activities are free and drop-in.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all

Cost details

Free to all


See NHM website

Did you know?

Best camouflaged

Cramp-ball weevils look like bird poo, moths pretend to be lichen, caterpillars disguise as twigs with last year’s bud scars…

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