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National Insect Week 2014 – Little Things That Run The World

Date: Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th June 2014

Time: 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM

Location : Across the UK

Cost : Free

National Insect Week logoNational 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 number of partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. 

Look out in your local area for details of National Insect Week 2014 events and competitions – everything from bug hunts and bioblitzs to glow-worm hunting and moth-trapping.

Find out more at www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk 

Fascinating Insect Facts: Did You Know?

  • There are about 100,000 known species of insects in Europe and a quarter of those are found in the UK.
  • Most unique insect? The Lundy Cabbage flea beetle lives only along a strip 1½ miles long, 30 yards wide on the island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel and nowhere else in the world.
  • Most travelled? Painted Lady butterflies fly each year from North Africa to the UK. Occasional monarch butterflies and American Painted Ladies make it to the UK across the Atlantic. Billions of ladybirds cross the English Channel and North Sea from France and Holland to the UK – in some years the strandline is made up of millions of dead ladybirds that didn’t quite make it.
  • Most sophisticated communicators? Honeybees – in the hive they can communicate the way to a good patch of nectar flowers, its distance and direction, mainly by the way they waggle their bottom.
  • Most loved? Probably ladybirds (53 species of them!) – beloved of children’s rhymes and many are useful predators of greenfly – so loved by children, mums and dads, farmers and gardeners.
  • Most reviled? Cockroaches – which is sad because we have cute little native cockroaches which live harmlessly beside the sea and amongst heather.
  • Most feared? Wasps and hornets – for their stings – a shame because they are useful predators of injurious insects in horticulture. Worker wasps often go on a drunken aggressive binge on fermenting fruit in the autumn – attacking us vertebrates to remind us that black and yellow means “beware!”
  • Most unappetizing? All insects! Nearly all cultures of the world except those originating from North Western Europe are happy to eat insects, with many delicacies such as deep fried cockroaches, mole crickets and water beetles, midge paté, and grilled palm weevil grubs – and with specialist cook-books. Our aversion to eating insects is an illogical taboo.