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
Bog Bush-cricket Metrioptera brachyptera

The Bog Bush-cricket has a brown body with a bright green underside to abdomen. The top of... more

Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly Argynnis aglaja

The Dark Green Fritillary is a fast-flying butterfly which can be seen skimming and soaring... more

Marbled White Butterfly Melanargia galathea

A striking butterfly - The upperside is creamy white and black patches with an almost white... more

Pine hoverfly Blera fallax

The pine hoverfly is the only hoverfly with a red-tipped black abdomen and a yellow face,... more

Rose Sawfly Arge pagana

The large rose sawfly is black all over except for its bright orange/yellow abdomen. It is... more

Identification of British Insects

Evergestis forficalis
Cybosia mesomella
Polia hepatica
Panorpa communis


Title Description
Middorsal Along the midline of the back, or top of the body.