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
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia

The Glanville fritillary was named after Elanor Glanville, an 18th century amateur naturalist.... more

Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne

The key to distinguishing the pearl bordered fritillary is the combination of seven silvery... more

Norfolk Damselfly Coenagrion armatum

At first glance, both sexes resemble Blue-tailed Damselfly rather than other Coenagrion species... more

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans

Mature males always have a blue spot at the "tail" (S8), blue ant-humeral stripes on the thorax... more

Water Stick Insect Ranatra linearis

Water Stick Insects are well camouflaged in ponds where they often lie motionless for long... more

Identification of British Insects

Rheumaptera hastata
Furcula bifida
Myrmeleotettix maculatus
Gomphus vulgatissimus


Title Description
Filaments Filaments refer to the very thin structure protruding from the body of an insect.