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Insect events nationwide

Celebrate insects across the country during National Insect Week 2018!

The UK will be buzzing and crawling with hundreds of events during National Insect Week 2018. From 18th to 24th June there will be opportunities to join minibeast safaris, field trips and moth nights from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, from County Fermanagh to Suffolk. Each event will celebrate insects and the entomologists who study them, bringing people closer to the little things that run the world.


   In 2019 a series of events is taking place worldwide to celebrate the true flies (Diptera).

Great Bug Hunt 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced! The competition, brought to you by the Association for Science Education (ASE) and supported by the Royal Entomological Society (RES), takes science learning out of the classroom and brings it to life outdoors. 

Photography Competition launched

The National Insect Week photography competition was launched on Monday 18th June with categories for under and over 18’s. You can enter online now at The competition closes on 31st October. Previous competitions have attracted some stunning entries, which can be viewed in galleries on the competition webpage.

National Insect Week 2018 launch at RHS Garden Wisley

National Insect Week 2018 launch at RHS Garden Wisley

18th June 12.00-14.00 (invited guests and press launch)


The Royal Entomological Society has announced the winners of its Student Awards for articles about an entomological topic that would be of interest to the general public.

You can read the award winning articles by clicking below:


Insect events this February 2018 half term!

Here are our top picks of entomological events around the UK over the next few weeks.

Ladybird Hustle

South West

Take part in a bug hunt and then make your own bug home on Wednesday 14th February near Liskeard.

There’s going to be a buzz at Big Bang Fair 2017

Insects and the scientists that study them will be at the NEC, Birmingham from 15th to 18th March.

Girl holding stick insect at EntoSciInsect handling © Harper Adams University

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.

Photography competition winners

A celebration of the most diverse group of animals on Earth.

The winners of the prestigious National Insect Week Photography Competition have been announced by the Royal Entomological Society. All the winning and commended images can viewed in our galleries.


Did you know?

Tiny fairies

Fairy wasps are the smallest known insects, the tiniest species is only 0.139 mm long.

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