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
Ruby-tailed Wasp Chrysis ignita

The Ruby-tailed Wasp is a relatively small wasp with a shiny green head and thorax, and a ruby-... more

Wart-biter Decticus verrucivorus

The Wartbiter is a large and bulky bush-cricket with marbled green and brown body and wings. l... more

Lead Belle Scotopteryx mucronata

Very similar to the July Belle and can be difficult to distinguish from it. The July Belle... more

Small Heath Butterfly Coenonympha pamphilus

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

Field Cricket Gryllus campestris

The male Field Cricket is black with females of a more dark brown colour, both having dark brown... more

Identification of British Insects


Title Description
Longitudinal Running from front to back on the body rather than from side to side, as in a colour stripe or a structure.