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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Learning resources

A range of learning resources relating to insects and entomology from the Royal Entomological Society, our National Insect Week partners and online resources we have spotted. Please browse through the list or use the tick boxes to select audience and resource type.

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  • Glow-hunting: a must do in your lifetime

    Activities sheet

    Find out why glow worm hunting can be as magical as an African safari

    For: Everyone

  • Get sweeping!

    Activities sheet

    If you want to catch a few insects at a time to look at, then why not make a sweep net?

    For: Adults

  • Trees for insects

    Activities sheet

    Top tips for spotting insects in trees

    For: Adults

  • Habitats at Home – Thinking big with a mini-beast mansion

    Activities sheet

    Mini-beast mansions can provide a varied range of nesting and resting sites for insects, any extra effort in construction will be much appreciated by a rich diversity of visitors and residents.

    For: Adults

  • Habitats at Home – Bug boxes for smaller spaces

    Activities sheet

    The addition of a bug box to your garden is a great way to offer lodgings to your six-legged friends and suitable for even the smallest outside space.

    For: Adults

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

    Activities sheet

    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

    Activities sheet

    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

  • Life in the Undergrowth book

    Book

    David Attenborough reveals a secret universe it is teeming with life and is all around us, yet we never see it. It is the world of the very small, and it is a world of sex, drugs and violence.

    For: Adults

  • Bees for kids

    Activities sheet Factsheet

    Children are fascinated by Honey Bees. The British Beekeepers Association seeks to build on that fascination and encourage young people to learn more about the world of the Honey Bee.

    For: Primary

  • Woodland Trust Nature Detectives

    Website

    The Woodland Trust quite simply encourages you to 'Pull on your wellies, roll up your sleeves and get outside!' And they are brimming with ideas on how to do just that.

    For: Everyone

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Did you know?

Chitin

Chitin is the major molecule in insect cuticles, combined with proteins it hardens surfaces like beetle wing covers.

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