National Insect Week returns in 2018
Royal Holloway is one of the four largest multi-faculty colleges in the University of London, with a distinguished history and a reputation for academic innovation. Its School of Biological Sciences is well known for the excellence of its research, including entomological studies. Its Science Outreach Officer works with schools and other educational groups to promote awareness of scientific knowledge and opportunities.
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.