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
Purple Emperor Apatura iris

The majestic Purple Emperor is the second largest Uk species, second only to the Swallowtail.... more

Acleris logiana Acleris logiana

This moth was thought to only inhabit the Birch woods of the Scottish Highlands, it has now... more

Agapeta zoegana Agapeta zoegana

It flies from dusk into the night, and is attracted to light. The flight period is from May to... more

White Admiral Butterfly Limenitis camilla

Brownish black upper wings, with white markings and a double row of black spots - white... more

Black Arches Lymantria monacha

This moth has white forewing with black wavy arches which gives the moth its name. Its underside... more

Identification of British Insects

Semiothisa clathrata
Cyclophora albipunctata
Agonopterix kaekeritziana
Lomographa temerata


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