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
Longhorn beetle Grammoptera ruficornis

Grammoptera ruficornis is most noted for being one of the UK's smallest longhorn beetles. With a... more

Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata

The blue or blue-grey border on the outer edge of the forewing is what gives this species its... more

Amblyptilia punctidactyla Amblyptilia punctidactyla

Superficially similar to A. Acanthadactyla this species is generally less warm in general... more

Lesser House-fly Fannia canicularis

The Lesser House-fly is very similar in appearance to the common housefly, but it is also... more

Greenbottle Lucilia caesar

Greenbottles are most notable for their metallic green colouring and red eyes.

Identification of British Insects


Title Description
Middorsal Along the midline of the back, or top of the body.