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Press release photography competition 2016



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Photography Competition

National Insect Week 2016

The National Insect Week photography competition was launched on Monday 20th June with categories for under and over 18’s. You can enter online now at The competition closes 31st October. Previous competitions have attracted some stunning entries, which can be viewed in galleries on the competition webpage.

The prize categories are 1) Over 18 years old 2) Under 18 years old. In each prize category, there will be a 1st and a 2nd prize winner, and there will be Runners-up in each category (Specially Commended, Highly Commended or Commended). The 1st prize winners will receive a prize of £400 and the 2nd Prize winner in each Category will receive £200. These prizes are provided by the Royal Entomological Society.



Editors notes

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All National Insect Week enquiries to Luke Tilley or 07912180844

National Insect Week

National insect week is a biennual event organised by the Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects. It is supported by a large number of partner organisations across the UK with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. Over 500 events will be taking place nationwide, supported by online activities and learning resources. Find out more at Follow National Insect Week on Twitter at @insectweek or on Facebook at /nationalinsectweek

Royal Entomological Society

The Royal Entomological Society is one of the oldest entomological societies in the world. Many eminent scientists of the past, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, have been fellows. The Society organises regular meetings for insect scientists, as well as hosting international symposia and events for the public. It publishes journals and books as well as identification guides. It has fellows and members all over the world. The aim of the Society is “the improvement and diffusion of entomological science”.

 Did You Know?

•             Approximately 1.5 million insect species have been described and named worldwide and there are more than 24,000 species in the UK alone, found in almost every habitat.

•             Earwigs intricately fold and tuck their hindwings under tiny forewings, inspiring the design of satellite solar panels.

•             It has been estimated that 10 quadrillion ants live on the planet at any given moment. That's about 1.4 million ants per human.

•             Dragonflies have been on earth for 300 million years.

•             Aphids (greenfly) give birth to live young and without the need of a male, producing clones. If their food was unlimited and there were no natural enemies, one female aphid could form a layer 149 km deep over the surface of the earth in one year.

•             Ladybirds can eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime, a gardener’s best friend.

Quick links

The full events map –

Videos -

Learning resources -

Photography competition –

NIW partners –

INSTAR new magazine for young entomologists -  

Use of RES Images

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Did you know?

Most gregarious hibernators

Cluster flies and ladybirds hibernate in roof space in their thousands, in spring they leave a chemical marking a safe site.

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