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
Harvestman Opilio saxatilis

This species has a distinctive white line down the centre back.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Length: 36mm
A large, active, deep red damselfly with black legs and a bronze-black top to... more

National Barkfly Blaste quadrimaculata

A rarely-recorded barkfly.

Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata

Common Groundhopper is small insect of varying marbled colour, that is well camouflaged and... more

Black-veined White Butterfly Aporia crataegi

A large butterfly with a white ground colour and clear black veins. It's rounded wings are... more

Identification of British Insects


Title Description
Cauda The pointed end of an Aphid's abdomen.