National Insect Week 2020

22nd June 2020 to 28th June 2020

Event Overview

National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects.

Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society organises the week, supported by a large number of partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects.

Insects are by far the most diverse and ecologically important group of animals in land habitats, there are over 24,000 known species of insect in the United Kingdom, with hundreds of species to be found in almost every garden and green space. With so many species to consider and study it is important to group the most similar species together in a way that makes sense. Insects are therefore grouped into Orders and you can find information about the major Orders of insects in this guide.

In spite of what you might think, fewer than one in two hundred are considered to be potential pests. There are plenty of ways that you can help maintain insect biodiversity in your garden. Learn more about the 12 orders of insects by clicking this link. 

Why not get your camera or phone out and try photographing and identifying insects in your garden / local park?  Click this link for inspiration, look at some of the amazing photos submitted in previous years