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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.
Over one million species of insects 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 and their study is an important part of conservation, food production, medicine and ecology.
Our website is designed to help you learn more about insects and other invertebrates from the people that study them. You’ll find everything you need to join in with the events and competitions during National Insect Week 2014.
National Insect Week Crowns ‘Inventomology’ Champions
The winners of the 2012 National Insect Week ‘Inventomology’ competition have been announced.
As part of National Insect Week held earlier this year, primary school children from across the UK were invited to let their imaginations run wild by inventing their very own ‘super insect’ using the principles of insect science.
Aishling Lynch from Monks Risborough Church of England Primary School, Risborough and Joseph Clarke from Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge claimed the winning places in the Year 1 and Year 2 categories respectively.
The competition judges included Fellow and Regional Honorary Secretary of the RES David George, children’s author Sonia Copeland Bloom and Clare Harding representing National Insect Week sponsor Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, world leader in building materials.
Riverfly category - 2nd prize
‘Caddisfly spawn (newly laid egg mass on leaf overhanging water)’
Image copyright © 2012 Danny Beath
NIW Photography Competition 2012 - Winners announced
Images of mayflies and a hairy-footed flower bee feature among the winning entries in the National Insect Week ‘Great British Insects’ Photography Competition 2012.
The competition – held every two years as part of National Insect Week – attracted more than 400 entries, double the number received two years ago.
This year’s contest was sponsored by Olympus, the Royal Entomological Society and the Riverfly Partnership who between them provided camera equipment and cash prizes in each of the competition’s three categories.
Competition organiser and NIW advisor Professor Chris Haines said: “The photography competition always attracts a healthy number of excellent entries and this year it did not disappoint.
“The standard of the entries was very high and the judges were tasked with choosing the winners from some fascinating images. We were especially pleased to receive many entries featuring species that are not commonly photographed, such as scorpion flies and bush crickets.”
The winners are:
HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates National Insect Week (25 June to 1 July) with children from Wolsey Junior School, Croydon. His Royal Highness hosted a bioblitz at Clarence House in which a team of entomologists assessed the insect community in his organic garden.
This year’s National Insect Week is being hailed a huge success with thousands of people taking part in more than 300 events
across the country.
The Royal Entomological Society’s (RES) biennial initiative proved more popular than ever before, breaking previous event
numbers and scoring a coup with HRH Prince Charles holding a bioblitz in his Clarence House garden.
Children and adults took part in bug hunts, mini-beast safaris, moth-trapping and glow-worm hunting to learn more about the
wonderful world of insects and their role in nature. A series of competitions and teaching resources have also opened up the
insect world to the younger generation.