National Insect Week returns in 2020
The Zoological Society of London is devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Its operations include the running of the London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo, the applied research activities of the Institute of Zoology, and the management of conservation programmes in Britain and around the world. The London Zoo at Regent’s Park features an invertebrate collection in its BUGS! building.
Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.