National Insect Week returns in 2020
We want your artistic insect creations for a giant art project, the Insect Isles! We are collecting images to make an exciting tapestry of all your submissions to help us launch the next National Insect Week in June 2020, celebrating the 24,000 astonishing insect species across the British Isles.
You can send us your drawings, paintings, sculptures, cakes, photos and anything else that shows how insects inspired you to be creative.
All of your submissions will help us create a giant artwork to launch the next National Insect Week in June 2020.
We encourage pictures of creations by children but submission must be done by an adult over the age of 18.
Submissions featuring people, adults or children, will not be used.
Keep an eye on the counter to track our progress. We are aiming for 24,000 submissions over two years to represent the estimated number of insect species in the British Isles. Thank you for your help!
59 submissions so far
Artist and illustrator Carim Nahaboo created an artwork called Insect Isles to mark the launch of National Insect Week 2018 and the Insect Isles project. The artwork will be on display at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey for the summer and features dozens of exquisitely drawn insect species found in the British Isles.
“I wanted to highlight the diversity of insect life here in the British Isles and explain a little of why I have personally spent so long in awe of them. There are so many incredible species in our parks, gardens, forests, national parks and homes, and it's only really when we take the time to take a closer look that we can appreciate them and see what important roles they play in our ecosystems.” Carim Nahaboo about this artwork Insect Isles.
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.