National Insect Week at ZSL London Zoo
25 Jun - 1 Jul 2012 – All Day
Discover a whole host of incredible insects and a stunning butterfly chrysalis exhibition at ZSL London Zoo as it celebrates creepy crawlies from around the world as part of National Insect Week.
Jo Holland photography Stunning detailed images, capturing the intricate details of butterfly chrysalises, by artist Jo Holland are to go on display at ZSL London Zoo to celebrate National Insect Week .
Working closely with ZSL’s butterfly keepers, Jo Holland’s pictures highlight the intricate make up of the precious butterfly chrysalis.
Created using glass plates and clever dark-room exposure techniques to capture incredible details, the exhibition, entitled ‘Awaken’, will be on display for the first time ever in BUGS from Saturday 23 June until Sunday 1 July
Visitors to the Zoo will also be able to check outand draw some real butterfly chrysalides for themselves, using microscopes and magnifying glasses, with expert guidance from the keepers. Children can draw what they see and the pictures will be put on display.
Guests shouldn’t miss the daily Megabugs encounter where visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s largest creepy-crawlies, including giant cockroaches and praying mantis. Explainers will be doing the Olympics themed ‘weightlifting with the Bugs’ encounter at 11.15 and an interactive ‘Butterfly Lifecycles’ event at 1pm in BUGS
For those with a penchant for arts and crafts, there’ll be the opportunity for kids to dress while learning about butterfly lifecycles at 1pm every day and to decorate butterfly colouring sheets in the Zoo Activity Den.
There will also be the new large Stag beetle sculpture from The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) on display in BUGS and creepy-crawly themed goodies to buy in the Zoo gift shop.
For schools, special Minibeasts and Lifecycles sessions can be booked through our Education Department.
All activities are included in the entry price to the Zoo.
ZSL members go free.