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People: Liam Crowley

Meet Liam Crowley from the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. In this short film he explains a little bit about his work, and why he finds insects so interesting. Do you, like Liam, find insects interesting? Tell us why in the comments below.

Make do and Mend!

The HOPE British insect collection includes specimens from the early 19th century to the present day.  This means that some are very old and delicate.  Of course, all of the insects are very delicate and easily damaged.  Just think about the width of the legs or antennae of some of the insects you have seen… Continue reading →

People: Ellen & Frederick Hope

We step back in time to meet the two people who founded the original ‘bug and butterfly’ collection, Ellen Meredith and Frederick William Hope. Frederick and Ellen were both born near the start of the 1800s. The two young people had a number of shared interests including collecting engravings and learning about nature. What fascinated… Continue reading →

Butterfly Origami

Have a go at making an origami butterfly. Origami is the art of folding paper into shapes and decorations, that originated in Japan. All you need to make this origami butterfly is a square piece of paper and a spare few minutes: Here are written instructions for making the origami butterfly, in addition to the… Continue reading →

Insect super powers: surviving the winter

Insects have some really cool super powers and surviving extreme temperatures is one of them!  Have you ever wondered how insects manage to survive in the cold winter months?  In the Summer, insects are all around us but in Winter they seem to disappear.  Where do they go and how do they survive the extremes… Continue reading →