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
Harvestman Dicranopalpus ramosus

Easily identified by the very long legs which are always spread to the sides, with the second... more

Wart-biter Decticus verrucivorus

The Wartbiter is a large and bulky bush-cricket with marbled green and brown body and wings. l... more

Great Diving Beetle Dytiscus marginalis

The Great Diving Beetle is a large water beetle, with a generally dark brown/black appearance... more

Dusky Cockroach Ectobius lapponicus

The Dusky Cockroach is a relatively small cockroach with a dark grey-brown body, fringed with a... more

Lulworth Skipper Butterfly Thymelicus acteon

Dull orange-brown wings held with forewings above hind wings. Males have black line through... more

Identification of British Insects

Semiothisa clathrata
Atethmia centrago
Scoparia ambigualis
Ptycholoma lecheana


Title Description
Caterpillar The larval stage of a butterfly or moth.