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National Insect Week launched at ZSL London Zoo

The little things that run the world

20-26 June 2016

The Royal Entomological Society’s National Insect Week was launched by Lord Selborne (RES Vice-Patron) in the BUGS exhibit at ZSL London Zoo today. Guests were treated to an exhibition, Insects in Depth by scientific artist Alan Shaw, featuring three-dimensional close-ups of some wonderful insects. This unique display will be making its world public debut at ZSL London Zoo during National Insect Week and beyond. Visitors were given special 3D glasses to get up close and personal with the little things that run the world.

Children from Hawley Infant School were also shown some amazing insects by Jess French (CBeebies Minibeast Adventure with Jess)

The National Insect Week photography competition was launched with categories for under and over 18’s. Previous competitions have attracted some stunning entries, which can be viewed in galleries on the National Insect Week website.

The week will see over 500 events for all ages around the country. Each event will encourage people to discover some amazing insects and why they truly are the little things that run the world.



Editors notes

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 All National Insect Week enquiries to Luke Tilley [email protected] or 07912180844

National Insect Week

National Insect Week is taking place 20-26 June 2016 to promote the importance of insects in the UK and worldwide. Scores of organisations, hundreds of events, thousands of people and millions of insects will come together to celebrate insects during the week.

National insect week is a biennual event organised by the Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects. It is supported by a large number of partner organisations across the UK with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. Over 500 events will be taking place nationwide, supported by online activities and learning resources. Find out more at Follow National Insect Week on Twitter at @insectweek or on Facebook at /nationalinsectweek

Royal Entomological Society

The Royal Entomological Society is one of the oldest entomological societies in the world. Many eminent scientists of the past, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, have been fellows. The Society organises regular meetings for insect scientists, as well as hosting international symposia and events for the public. It publishes journals and books as well as identification guides. It has fellows and members all over the world. The aim of the Society is “the improvement and diffusion of entomological science”.

Quick links

The full events map –

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Learning resources -

Photography competition –

NIW partners –

INSTAR new magazine for young entomologists - 

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Did you know?

Most travelled

Painted Lady butterflies fly annually from North Africa to the UK, occasionally Monarch butterflies cross from America.

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