National Insect Week 2018

National Insect Week is organised by the Royal Entomological Society and occurs every two years. In 2018 it takes place from 18th to 24th June.

National Insect Week 2018

Following the shocking news in 2017 which revealed recent drastic declines in insect numbers, insect and invertebrate biodiversity has never been more critical. National Insect Week aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about insects and the vital roles they play in almost every ecosystem on earth.

To celebrate National Insect Week hundreds of events will be occurring throughout the UK, ranging from Bioblitz days, insects walks, workshops and even the chance to dine out on edible insects. Take a look at the interactive map on the official National Insect Week website to see what’s happening where you live. Or why not organise your own event? Don’t forget to submit the details on the website though so that it can be added to the map!

New to the world of insects?

Why not get started by watching the following videos from the Royal Entomological Society. They provide a brief introduction to the various groups of insects and explain why they are so vitally important to life on earth. If you’re eager to learn more then you can read about all of the main orders of insects here.

Ready to start finding and observing insects outside?

At NHBS we sell a huge range of insect identification guides as well as butterfly and sweep nets, moth traps, handheld magnifiers, bug pots and all the other accessories you need to start identifying insects in the field. Follow the links below to visit the shopping pages on our website.

Guides to Butterfies and Moths
Guides to Bees, Ants and Wasps
Guides to Beetles (Coleoptera)
Guides to Flies (Diptera)
Moth Traps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insect Nets and Beating Trays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand Lenses and Microscopes
Bug Pots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “National Insect Week 2018”

  1. I’m not usually one to complain, but I feel you should NOT be promoting ‘the chance to dine on edible insects’ on your email. I find this very unethical, irresponsible and distasteful. We’re supposed to be protecting the insects and ensuring there are enough for larger insects, birds & mammels, as part of their normal diet, not encouraging people to eat them!
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thank you for your comment – I certainly appreciate and understand your concerns.

      The grubs that are included on the menu at Celtic Manor are sourced from Bug Farm Foods who do not catch them from the wild. Therefore, they will not be impacting the diets of any wild animals. These insects and bugs are bred specifically as a food source in a way which is intended to be as sustainable as possible, and the welfare of these farmed insects is paramount throughout the process. Their aim is to pioneer the production of protein in a way that is much more sustainable and environmentally friendly than conventional livestock production, and which will provide a more accessible and nutritious alternative for humans in comparison to simply increasing the consumption of plant proteins. You can read lots more information about the company, their ethos and practices on their website (see below).

      https://www.bugfarmfoods.com/why-eat-insects/.

      I hope this has gone some way to addressing your concerns and I thank you again for raising these important issues here.

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