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The British Ecological Society (BES) is the oldest ecological society in the world, with 6,000 members in 125 countries.

The BES support ecologists through funding and publishing research, organising scientific meetings, and through our education and policy work. 

Watch insects brought to life in hyper magnification, learn about their fascinating biology and folklore, and explore their fascinating diversity and alien anatomy with our series of narrated animations!

Insects in hyper magnification – Death’s-head Hawkmoth | Zone 1: the world around us

Meet the Death’s-head Hawkmoth, a mysterious and remarkable looking creature surrounded by folklore and legend.

Insects in hyper magnification – Large Elephant Hawkmoth | Zone 1: the world around us

With its flamboyant colouration and unique adaptations, take a closer look at what makes this species fascinating.

Insects in hyper magnification – Honeybee | Zone 1: the world around us

A closer look at the humble honeybee reveals exactly why it’s such an efficient and important pollinator. 

Insects in hyper magnification – Blue morpho butterfly | Zone 1: the world around us

With potentially the most incredible colouration of any animal, see beautiful Morpho butterflies like never before.

Insects in hyper magnification – Stag beetle | Zone 1: the world around us

With thick armour and powerful jaws, see how Stag Beetles are respected warriors of the insect world.

Incredible Creatures Activity Book | Zone 1: the world around us

Filled with simple yet fun nature-based activities, this educational activity booklet for 7 to 11 year olds is free to download!


Where can ecology take you? | Zone 3: scientists at work

Are you interested in working with nature? You can find out more about the many different careers in ecology in this leaflet. From research to conservation and education, there is job for everyone with a love of the natural world! 

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Did you enjoy exploring the diversity of insects? If you’re interested in learning more about insects and ecology, you can contact the British Ecological Society by email.

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