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OPIE - Office pour les insectes et leur environnement

The Office for insects and their environment or OPIE as it is also known is basically a law that was approved by the Ministry of Environment and the National Education  and the OPIE's mission is to promote the knowledge of insects in their natural environments.

Established in 1969, with a view to establishing leadership development and the protection of specific habitats for insects, it is also a specialist centre that conducts a lot of different research, along with scientific studies and produces inventories on numerous different insects.

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OPIE - Office pour les insectes et leur environnement

Not for those of you that start itching the minute you think of a creepy crawly, but a fantastic exhibition of living insects awaits right through from crickets to butterflies, stick insects, cockroaches and mantises, even to bees that have their own recreated hive are all on display.

The 150 square metres of exhibition space will also allow you to see displays of different species from other countries as well as those closer to home, such as the blower cockroach from Madagascar.

The OPIE has six regional offices, but the core team is located at Guyancourt near Chateau Versailles in the Yvelines department on the outskirts of Paris and not only will be able to see live insects, but there are also films about insects and educational exhibits on the world of insects.

It is a great place to get some general education on what insects are and how you can recognise them and as we found out, they are the only animals in the world that have six legs, so hence why spiders or crustaceans, etc cannot be called insects!

For those of you that study insects, whether it be as a hobby or professionally, then you will be pleased to know that there is an archive section and reference part that is available by appointment and the OPIE maintains a library of over 20000 photographs purely devoted to insects.

All of the insect vivariums explain the life of the insects and their specifics with richly illustrated panels, which help to provide more of an understanding about this often little thought about part of our world.

They also provide information on how to raise specific insects and specific types of butterflies and you have the opportunity of purchasing certain insects, which is what a lot of schools do for educational purposes and did you realise that France has more than 5000 species of butterflies!

For more information and details on when you are able to visit it is best if you were to contact them as these details do vary.

Address & Contact Details:

OPIE - Office pour les insectes et leur environnement
Domaine de l'Inra
La Minière

Telephone: 1 30 44 13 43
Fax: 1 30 43 64 59

Office pour les insectes et leur environnement

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