British Insects

British Insects on Wild About Britain include the latest UK insect news, thousands of British insect images in our photo gallery, even more conversations in the insect forums, a directory of insect-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on thousands of species from the Gorse Shieldbug and Rose Sawfly to the Hairy-footed Flower Bee and the Summer Chafer.

Encyclopedia of British Insects

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Cistus Forester Adscita geryon

One of three similar species, this iridescent green moth can be difficult to distinguish from... more

Alderfly Sialis lutaria

Easily recognised by its smoky wings, which have relatively few veins; these are dark and widely... more

Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria

When freshly emerged the green colour of the forewing, combined with the wing markings, help to... more

Silver Y Moth Autographa gamma

Has a conspicuous unbroken metallic silver Y-shaped mark on the forewing. The forewing also has... more

Grass Rivulet Perizoma albulata

Typically the whitish forewing with extensive grey-brown cross-bands help to identify this moth... more

Identification of British Insects


Title Description
Pupa The mummy-like stage between larva and adult in most insects in which the structure is reorganised.