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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Learning resources

A range of learning resources relating to insects and entomology from the Royal Entomological Society, our National Insect Week partners and online resources we have spotted. Please browse through the list or use the tick boxes to select audience and resource type.


Who is it for

What is it

  • Polli:Nation Survey

    Activities sheet Factsheet

    A national survey that you can contribute to be becoming a citizen scientist.

    For: Primary

  • iSpot


    A friendly and free community helping to identify wildlife and share nature.

    For: Everyone

  • Flower Power


    Discover how to attract a diverse range of insects using flower power.

    For: Everyone

  • Insects everywhere


    Find out how you can find insects just about anywhere.

    For: Everyone

  • What makes an insect?

    Activities sheet

    So, what makes an insect? With these activities, you can help identify

    For: Everyone

  • Up close and personal with invertebrates

    Activities sheet Factsheet

    This time of year is perfect for getting children out doing minibeast hunt, creepy-crawly hunts, bug walks, insect safaris and invertebrate surveys. Call them whatever you like, basically, they all involve getting up close and personal with invertebrates.

    For: Primary Secondary

  • Encountering moths


    Here you can find out about the pure joy of creating a moth trap

    For: Everyone

  • Getting to know your insects


    Useful advice from an insect expert about how to get to know your insects better

    For: Everyone

  • Glow-hunting: a must do in your lifetime

    Activities sheet

    Find out why glow worm hunting can be as magical as an African safari

    For: Everyone

  • Get sweeping!

    Activities sheet

    If you want to catch a few insects at a time to look at, then why not make a sweep net?

    For: Adults


Did you know?


Chitin is the major molecule in insect cuticles, combined with proteins it hardens surfaces like beetle wing covers.

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