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National Insect Week returns in 2018

Insect fun this February 2017 half term!

Looking for entomological activities over the next few weeks?  Here are some from around the UK.

South West

Visit The Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary at Buckfastleigh to find tropical butterflies and leafcutter ants.

Hear abour the butterfly species of Britain with Harold Gillen’s ‘A Butterfly Odyssey’ talk in Wareham on Thursday 23rd February.

Watch the beautiful film ‘Metamorphosis’ in Kingskerswell on Sunday 26th February.

Wales

Hear all about spiders in Richard Gallon’s ‘Spiderman!’ talk in Wrexham on Wednesday 22nd February.

Go on a 'Bug Encounter' on Sunday 18th February and visit the Butterfly House at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne.

The Bug Farm at St Davids will be open every day from Saturday 18th February, visit the Bug Museum, Tropical Bug Zoo, Bug Art Gallery as much more on site.

If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of Entomophagy then don’t hesitate to book your table at Grub Kitchen at St Davids, where there are delicious dishes both with and without insects.

Northern Ireland

Book to meet animals up close at ‘Bugs, Birds, Beast and you’ on Friday 17th February and discover the world of bugs and insects in ‘Belfast’s Buzzing’ on Sunday 26th February at the Ulster Museum, part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

South

Leeds Castle near Maidstone have ‘Birds, Bugs and Beasts’ activities daily until Sunday 19th February.

There’s still time to catch the ‘Butterflies in the Glasshouse’ at RHS Wisley before it leaves in March, as well as family activities on Thursday 16th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February.

Drop in to the ‘Insect Fun Day’ at Wycombe Museum on Sunday 19th February.

London

The Hive at Kew Gardens is an incredible structure telling the story of the honey bee.

Hear all about stick and leaf insects in ‘The Great Pretenders’ talk at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington on Sunday 26th February.

Just up the road in South Kensington the Science Museum’s IMAX cinema is screening the film Bugs! 3D – A Rainforest Adventure.

How do grasshoppers leap so high?  Find out in the Horniman Museum’s new exhibition ‘The Robot Zoo’ in Forest Hill.

Discover artist Candy Amsden’s beautiful illustrations in ‘Bugs’ at the Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey.

Midlands

Book in to a Live Bug Show from Monday 20th to Friday 24th February at Arley Arboretum.

Go pond dipping and bug hunting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Friday 24th February.

Drop in to the Wolseley Centre in Stafford on Friday February 24th to build a mini-bug hotel.

Warm yourself up in the ever popular Butterfly Farm at Stratford-upon-Avon.

North

Visit the 'Bug Champions' exhibition at The Deep, relaunched as part of Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations.

Don’t forget the Tropical Butterfly House all year around near Sheffield.

Scotland

Hear all about Dragonflies on Wednesday 15th February at the Edinburgh Entomological Club.

Pop in to see the butterflies at the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.

Meet the Insects every day at Edinburgh Zoo.

Did you know?

Freshwater indicators

Mayfly and stonefly larvae are used to indicate freshwater quality as they are sensitive to environmental conditions.

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