National Insect Week 2018
18 June 2018
Whether you think they are creepy crawlies or beautiful bugs, National Insect Week brings to light the fascinating world of insects. Over one million species of insects live amongst us and have been described and named worldwide. There are more than 24,000 species in the UK alone and we can find insects in almost every habitat. They can be pollinators, predators, pests, parasites and prey. Their study is an important part of conservation, food production, medicine and ecology.
Every two years the Royal Entomological Society organises National Insect Week, designed to encourage people of all ages to learn more about and engage with insects. National Insect Week falls between the 18 to the 24 of June, so go ahead and ask those bugging questions!
National Insect Week at RAMM
Lighting up RAMM with Exeter University’s Optics and Photonics Society
Ever wondered how butterflies get their mesmerising iridescent wings? Delve into the science behind light, colour and materials with Exeter University’s Optics and Photonics Society on Saturday 21 July. The University’s team of scientists will help you take part in experiments, demonstrations and lots of fun hands-on activities in the Lighting up RAMM event.
RAMM’s Fly on the Wall gallery
Are butterflies not enough to curb your creepy crawly curiosity? Then look no further than RAMM’s Fly on the Wall gallery. You will not bee-lieve how many insects can fit in one room, from the largest insects to the smallest. Take a look at our diverse range, from stinging scorpions to buzzing bees, bright butterflies to terrifying tarantulas. There are interactive activities to help you understand the world of insects and a chance to get up close (if you dare!) with incredible insects from across the globe. Keep checking RAMM’s Facebook page for daily posts on some of the beautiful iridescent insects found in the museum.
Join the hive of activity this National Insect Week!