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Make your own flying insect!

We’re all impressed by insect aerobatics and now you can make your own flying insect model. Here’s how to make a model glider: choose from butterfly or dragonfly, or maybe make both! What you will need thin card scissors glue stick or paper glue colouring pens or pencils plasticine or blu-tak a print-out of this… Continue reading →

Let there be Light!

When is a worm not a worm?  When it’s a glow-worm… because a glow-worm is actually a beetle! Male glow-worms look like typical beetles with wing cases (elytra) covering their second pair of wings, but the females are very different, having no wings and resembling beetle larvae.  It is the females who emit a greenish-orange… Continue reading →

Insect Investigators Summer School

Discover the amazing world of beetles, bees and butterflies at our free Insect Investigators Summer School for 10 to 14 year olds; 10.00am – 3.00pm, 1st to 5th August 2022. Through the week participants will get a sneaky peak behind the scenes at the museum and will explore some of Oxford University’s amazing outdoor spaces.… Continue reading →

Insect Investigators Summer School

Discover the amazing world of beetles, bees and butterflies at our free Insect Investigators Summer School for 10 to 14 year olds; 10.00am – 3.00pm, 1st to 5th August 2022. Through the week participants will get a sneaky peak behind the scenes at the museum and will explore some of Oxford University’s amazing outdoor spaces.… Continue reading →

Seirian Sumner on Social Insects

Seirian Sumner is Professor of Behavioural Ecology in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) at UCL. She runs the social insect lab. In this video she talks about the work of the lab. In the video Seirian talks about the role of wasps in the ecosystem, and how their importance is often overlooked… Continue reading →