National Insect Week returns in 2020
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of Europe's largest wildlife conservation parks. Set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland on the Chiltern Hills, the zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. It is run by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) - an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL is actively involved in field conservation in over 50 countries worldwide.
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.