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National Insect Week returns in 2020

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  • Flower Power

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    Discover how to attract a diverse range of insects using flower power.

    For: Everyone

  • Insects everywhere

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    Find out how you can find insects just about anywhere.

    For: Everyone

  • Up close and personal with invertebrates

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    This time of year is perfect for getting children out doing minibeast hunt, creepy-crawly hunts, bug walks, insect safaris and invertebrate surveys. Call them whatever you like, basically, they all involve getting up close and personal with invertebrates.

    For: Everyone

  • Getting to know your insects

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    Useful advice from an insect expert about how to get to know your insects better

    For: Everyone

  • Habitats at Home - Shrubs and hedges for insect-friendly edges

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    Find out how you can encourage insect diversity in your garden through planting shrubs and hedges.

    For: Adults

  • Habitats at Home - Buzzing borders and majestic meadows

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    Including a patch of native wildflowers in your garden is a great way to create an insect-friendly habitat, be it a few metres of ‘buzzing border’ or a larger ‘majestic meadow’.

    For: Everyone

  • Beetle gallery

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    Explore the ‘Planet of the Beetles’, which have lived on Earth since long before the age of the dinosaur. Over 370,000 known species in total, see some of the most well known

    For: Everyone

  • Minotaur beetle

    Minotaur beetle, Typhaeus typhoeus

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    Typhaeus typhoeus – (family Scarabaeidae) The minotaur beetle is a spectacular dung beetle of heaths, moorlands and mountains, especially in the north and west of the British Isles. The males use the long prongs on the thorax (as seen here) to compete for females. Large males have relatively even...
  • Bloody-nosed beetle

    Bloody-nosed beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa

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    Timarcha tenebricosa – (family Chrysomelidae) Unlike the majority of chrysomelid beetles, which are brightly coloured, often with a metallic shine, the adult bloody-nosed beetle is black. It is slow-moving and feeds on bedstraw plants. Its distinctive feature is its defensive reaction of producing...
  • Rove beetle

    Rove beetle, Staphylinus erythropterus

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    Staphylinus erythropterus – (family Staphylinidae) Rove beetles are characterized by having greatly shortened wing-cases with their flying wings much-folded underneath. This gives them narrow flexible bodies that allow them to chase their prey rapidly through complex spaces such as densely matted...

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Did you know?

Best camouflaged

Cramp-ball weevils look like bird poo, moths pretend to be lichen, caterpillars disguise as twigs with last year’s bud scars…

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