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
Clouded Buff Diacrisia sannio

The clear differences between the male and female of this moth led them to be originally... more

Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum

In the male, the ante-humeral stripes are usually broken, like two exclamation marks. S2 has a "... more

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Length: 36mm
A large, active, deep red damselfly with black legs and a bronze-black top to... more

Heath Rivulet Perizoma minorata

Superficially similar to the Barred Carpet, although the Heath Rivulet is generally smaller and... more

Broad-bordered White Underwing Anarta melanopa

The grey forewings are marked with black and have no central spot, whilst the hindwings are... more

Identification of British Insects

Drymonia dodonaea
Acronicta tridens
Xanthorhoe spadicearia
Acleris logiana


Title Description
Articulate Consisting of segments united by joints.