British Bugs

British Bugs on Wild About Britain include images of hundreds of UK bugs in the photo gallery, the latest British bug news, lots of conversations in our insect forums, a directory of bug-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on UK species from the Blue Shield bug and the Negro Bug to the Spear Thistle Lacebug and the Masked Assassin Bug

Encyclopedia of British Bugs

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Water Scorpion Nepa cinerea

The Water Scorpion is most easily identified by the shape of its leaf-like body outline, long... more

Spear Thistle Lacebug Tingis cardui

The Spear Thistle Lacebug has a grey-brown appearance that is in powdery white deposits of wax.... more

Spittlebug Aphrophora salicina

This jumping bug is one of several species causing 'cuckoo-spit' on plants in spring: the... more

Saucer Bug Ilyocoris cimicoides

The Saucer Bug has a prominent oval outline to its yellow/brown body that is covered in hundred... more

Water Stick Insect Ranatra linearis

Water Stick Insects are well camouflaged in ponds where they often lie motionless for long... more

Identification of British Bugs

Stenodema laevigata
Gerris lacustris
Myrmecoris gracilis
Aphrodes bifasciatus