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
Small Heath Butterfly Coenonympha pamphilus

The Small Heath always rests and feeds with it's wings closed, thus making it difficult to ever... more

Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa

The Tortoise Beetle is a relatively small beetle with a broad and flattened elytra. The pronotum... more

Black Darter Sympetrum danae

This small heathland and moorland species is the only UK black dragonfly (males). The legs are... more

Chinese Character Cilix glaucata

Lacks hooked wing-tips.

Bluebottle Calliphora erythrocephala

Bluebottles have a shiny blue body with reddish eyes and jowls.

Identification of British Insects


Title Description
Posterior Towards the rear.