National Insect Week returns in 2020
Approaching its 150th anniversary, the Devonshire Association has about 1300 members, eight regional branches and seven special interest sections. It organises over 100 events each year, and annually publishes the Reports and Transactions, the complete series of which includes well over 2000 papers and reports, and is internationally recognised as the most important single source of information on the County. The Entomology Section was founded in 1948 and since then has kept annual records of insects in Devon as well as running many events each year.
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.