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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Insect Detectives! at the University of Sussex

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 11:00 to 15:00

A trail hunt to find specific insects and their habitat and fun facts about them.  This includes: Hoverfly lagoon, observation hive, rotting log, tree, flower patch, bumblebee nest and solitary bee aggregations.

Participants will follow clues to each location and fill out a score card. The first team to finish with a completed score card wins! The last team home gets a booby prize. Once all teams have returned home we'll have a tea and coffee break (for parents) and then a brief introduction to the honey bee waggle dance. Here kids can have a go at being bees themselves and communicating, through dance, where the best food (biscuits) are located. For the treasure hunt people will be in family teams with larger group teams for the waggle dance activity.

Rain day alternative Waggle dance activity plus a film about insects.

All activities will take place on the University of Sussex campus, based at the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects.

There will be three or more organisers present at all time. Parents will be asked to keep a close eye on children at all time. In the event confirmation we will ask for any allergy details and recommend that people with a sting allergy bring medication. There will be no handling of live bees.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for 5 to 7 years (with accompanying adults)

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.


The lab is wheel chair accessible. Activities however involve walking in areas where access with a wheelchair may be difficult.

Did you know?

Midge burgers

So many midges emerge in the rainy season from Lake Victoria, that they are made into burgers for humans!

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