National Insect Week returns in 2022
The Natural History Museum houses major internationally-renowned collections of biological specimens used to study the taxonomy and diversity of life on earth. Public displays based on these collections are used to illustrate and explain the natural world to the Museum’s visitors. Its mission is to maintain and develop the collections, and use them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of nature.
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.