A range of insects from Leeds Museums & Galleries collection showing the diversity of bugs!

Insect Week


22 - 27 June 2021

Event dates and times vary

Venue Leeds City Museum

Tags Activity, Community, Event, Family, Under 5s,

Celebrate Insect Week with us at the Museum! From 21 – 27 June we will be celebrating all things creepy, crawly, minibeast and pollinator.

We will be hosting a range of great activities for families to get involved with including bug hotels, meeting a real scientist and learning more about what we can do to protect bugs!

What is Insect Week?

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.

What’s on

All events are FREE but must be pre-booked via Eventbrite using the links below. We have limited capacity at the Museum to support social distancing measures.

Build a Bug Hotel

22 Jun, 1 – 2pm

Join us for an afternoon of learning all about the secret lives of insects and where they make their homes! Have a go at designing and building your very own Insect Hotel to give our pollinators and minibeasts a helping hand and create a great way to watch wildlife in your own back garden. We’ll also be bringing out our wonderful insect collection for everyone to see up close.

All ages welcome.


24 Jun, 1 – 2pm

Celebrate Insect Week with Leeds Museums and Galleries! Insects have been around for millions of years, and can be found in almost every environment on Earth. Explore how these little critters are inspiring scientists and engineers to build robots for everything from rescuing earthquake survivors to exploring space, and then have a go at designing one yourself!

All ages welcome.

Meet a Scientist!

26 Jun, 1 – 2pm

Join us for a live, virtual chat with Tom Dally, a researcher from the University of Leeds, and hear all about the science behind what’s buzzing around above our heads. From gold-plated insects to bug nets the size of a small car and how we use radars to track swarms, we’re lucky enough to have Tom tell us all about the BioDAR project, his research, and what he gets up to as an entomologist.

After hearing from Tom, we’ll be learning about how you can plan an insect safari of your own, with tips on what to look out for and how to record what you see, just like a real scientist!

All ages welcome.

Please note this event will be a live streamed talk from Tom into the Museum.

Colours and Camouflage

27 Jun, 1 – 2pm

Insects are masters of disguise and experts at hide-and-seek. Join us as we learn about the amazing ways insects use colours and patterns to avoid, attract and outsmart friend and foe alike. Have a go at creating your own insect too! Will you make it impossible to spot, vibrant and dazzling, or bright and intimidating?

All ages welcome.

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