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
Acleris umbrana Acleris umbrana

This moth is rare in the U.K. The adult moths are distinctive in that they are rufous with black... more

Common Leaf Weevil Phyllobius pyri

All weevils have a snout (known as a 'rostrum') bearing their mouthparts. However, in some... more

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly Neozephyrus quercus

The upperside of the male is an almost velvety black - when seen in certain lights it has a... more

Grizzled Skipper Butterfly Pyrgus malvae

Smaller than most Skippers with more white markings especially on hindwing. Rests with wings... more

Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

The very broad, flattened abdomen is characteristic making the insect appear "fat". Both sexes... more

Identification of British Insects

Cossus cossus
Ematurga atomaria
Campaea margaritata
Pentatoma rufipes


Title Description
Mimicry A process in which one species has come to resemble a second, poisonous species, resulting in a lessened likelihood of the mimic being attacked by predators.