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 notana Acleris notana

This is a variable species that is similar to A. ferrugana and separating the two is difficult.... more

Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

Females and immatures are pale, yellowish brown with two bold lines running along the length of... more

Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula

The moth varies considerably, from pale cream to dark brown with diverse markings, often with a... more

Mint Leaf Beetle Chrysolina menthastri

The Mint Leaf Beetle has a very shiny bronzy-green appearance, on a rounded bead-like body.

Bluebottle Calliphora erythrocephala

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

Identification of British Insects

Stenodema laevigata
Lobophora halterata
Corixa punctata
Ipimorpha subtusa


Title Description
Larva The fleshy, wingless young of advanced insects in the stage between egg and pupa.