National Insect Week at ZSL London Zoo

Incredible artwork depicting Britain’s unique fen raft spider will go on display for the first time ever at ZSL London Zoo to celebrate National Insect Week 2014.

Created by artist Sheila Tilmouth, the images illustrate the conservation project to save the UK-native fen raft spider and will be on display from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 June 2014.

Listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, the fen raft spider is known for its ability to walk on water, but only remains in three locations in the UK, making them extremely vulnerable to the threat of extinction.

ZSL London Zoo’s keepers became foster-parents to more than 200 fen raft spiderlings, which were reared for two months in a special ‘spider-shed’ before being released back into the wild to boost their numbers and chance for survival. 

National Insect Week visitors can get up close and personal with some of ZSL London Zoo’s other eight-legged inhabitants during the daily Spider Talk, where keepers unveil fun facts and unravel the myths about arachnids, daily at 3pm.

A visit to Butterfly Paradise is a must, where beautiful butterflies flitter over the heads of visitors, and the impressive giant atlas moths can be spied hanging out in the tropical tunnel.

Further highlighting the world’s incredible invertebrates, hissing cockroaches, praying mantis and well-disguised stick insects will be making an appearance at the MegaBugs session in B.U.G.S. at 1pm daily.

Weekend only (28-29 June): Invertebrate badge making and colouring sessions in the Activity Den opposite B.U.G.S.

ZSL London Zoo is celebrating National Insect Week at ZSL London Zoo from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 June 2014.


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