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Insects of Great Britain
There are more than 20,000 insects of Great Britain, this page provides lists by order and further pages on each species.

The only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. Actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals...

The Royal Entomological Society
Devoted to the promotion and development of entomological science. With bug identifying help on site and more...

Common UK insect identification
Do you know the difference between beetles and bugs? Or what makes an insect an insect? Learn the basics about the UK's most common types...

Creepy-Crawlies - UK Safari
Close up photos and information about invertebrates found in the United Kingdom...

British Bugs
An online identification guide to UK Hemiptera (not yet mobile friendly).

Insects and other invertebrates - RSPB
Find out more about the common insects and other invertebrates you could find in your garden.

Insects & Arthropods - First Nature
There are at least a million insect species on our planet, and some experts believe that the true figure is ten times that number...

British beetle guide
A guide from Countryfile on where to see and how to identify British Beetles.

Amateur Entomologists' Society
One of the UK's leading organisations for people interested in insects.

Butterfly Conservation
British charity devoted to saving butterflies, moths and their habitats throughout the UK.

UK Butterflies
Building a Community of Responsible Butterfly Enthusiasts...

The Riverfly Partnership
Riverflies, along with other freshwater invertebrates, are at the heart of the freshwater ecosystem...

UK Beetle Recording
The most recent checklist of beetles of the British Isles includes 4072 species in 103 families, listed in taxonomic order...

British Entomological & Natural History Society
Promotion and advancement of research in entomology...

Dipterists Forum
Promotes the study, recording and conservation of true flies in the British Isles...

Butterflies and moths - Wildlife Trusts
A guide to butterflies and moths at the Wildlife Trusts Wildlife Explorer section.

UK moths
Online guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland.

UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
A well-established and enjoyable recording method and important insights into almost all aspects of butterfly ecology...

Grasshoppers and Related Insects Recording Scheme
There are 27 native species of grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera) and a number of naturalised species...

Grasshoppers & Crickets - Wildlife Trusts
An id guide to Britain's grasshoppers and crickets from the Wildlife Trusts.

Bee identification guide
Bee identification guide for beginners - learn how to identify different bees, when they are active, and where to spot them...

Bumblebee Conservation Trust
With identification and species guides at a charity fighting for the conservation of the species and their habitats.

British Dragonfly Society
Working to conserve dragonflies and their wetland habitats. Includes identification guides and much more.

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Adonis Blue Butterfly
Adonis Blue Butterfly at Ballard Down, Dorset

Latest Insects News

  • Dark-edged Bee-fly

    With its furry body, the Dark-edged bee-fly (Bombylius major) is commonly mistaken for a bee.  These distinctive furry flies are active from March to June in gardens and along hedgerows where they are often seen hovering over flowers and using their long ‘tongue’ (proboscis) to feed on nectar from deep flowers such as Primrose. Though The post Dark-edged […]

  • Do you know how to say ‘snail’ in Welsh?

    Common names for invertebrates can tell us about the historical and cultural relationships we have with wildlife, many have interesting origins.  Some of the names for invertebrates in the Welsh language are quite literal, and some are really wonderful. The Welsh name for centipede “neidr gantroed” means “hundred-footed snake”.  And ladybird […]

  • Bee’s eye view of 2019 election pledges – Headline report

    Background Biodiversity decline and nature conservation are higher up the agenda in this year’s general election than in any previous campaign.  This is Buglife’s review of the commitments made by the British political parties as they relate to conserving bees, bugs and biodiversity. Although the public debate on the environment has largely focussed on climate […]

  • Do pesticides subvert the value of flower strips on farmland?

    This blog by Chief Executive, Matt Shardlow is adapted from Buglife’s evidence submission to Call for Knowledge on: "What are the impacts of pesticide and fertiliser use in farmland on the effectiveness of adjacent pollinator conservation measures such as flower strips and hedgerows?" A recent American study – Mogren and Lundgren 2016 – found that The post […]

  • A Scottish Environment Act will ensure that nature is not left behind

    Crystal clear waters, tumbling through a rock-strewn channel – a scene that is encountered throughout Scotland. But in some of these watercourses, a truly special species can be found. Scottish Environment Link has launched a call for Scotland to have it’s own Environment Act to protect and enhance Scotland’s nature, now and in the future. The post A […]

  • Tips for choosing plants that help insects thrive

    We could all do more to help with decreasing insect populations, but it can be tricky to know exactly what makes a difference and what doesn't. Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, has given us these tips for choosing the best plants to encourage beneficial insects into your garden. Insect numbers are The post Tips for choosing plants that help […]

  • Verging on success: how can we make our roads better for pollinators

    Roads. We’ve probably all been on one at some point in our lives. They are unavoidable. Whether it’s on the way to a pleasant day out, or on your daily commute, who knows how many thousands of miles of tarmac you’ve stared at? But how often do you notice the green stuff that runs alongside The post Verging on success: how can we make our roads better for […]

  • Five things to do to reverse insect decline

    Craig Macadam, Buglife's Conservation Director responding to the recent report on insect declines in an article that first appeared on the CNN website Insect populations are in crisis. A recent review of 73 studies from around the world has shown that 41% of insect species are in decline and a third of species are at The post Five things to do to reverse insect decline […]

  • Wanted: the Orange-spotted emerald – stolen from future generations

    A blog from Buglife's Director of Conservation Craig Macadam, first published by Environment Link The introduction of the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive in 1991 and the Water Framework Directive in 2000 came too late for the striking Orange-spotted emerald dragonfly, but they introduced tough new standards, protections, and investment which might have saved The post […]

  • How to Make Your School Grounds Pollinator Friendly

    This guest article has been written by Emma Homan who is an Educational Copywriter for Pentagon Play Have you ever thought about setting up a biodiversity project in your school? Many primary schools across the UK are doing their bit for the environment, going “pollinator friendly”, by creating a welcome habitat for minibeasts with the The post How to Make Your […]

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