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National Insect Week returns in 2020


  • Green tiger beetle

    Green tiger beetle, Cicindela campestris


    Cicindela campestris - (family Cicindelidae) Tiger beetles are closely related to ground beetles but, unlike ground beetles, they always fly away when disturbed. They are mainly found in areas with sandy soils. The larvae live in burrows and wait for prey passing close to the mouths of their...
  • Rose chafer

    Rose chafer beetle, Cetonia aurata


    Cetonia aurata - (family Scarabaeidae) This typically metallic-green chafer is on the wing – rather noisily – in midsummer, and is usually seen feeding on flowers. This species is restricted to southern areas of Britain and is not found north of the English Midlands, though a similar bronze-...
  • Violet ground beetle

    Violet ground beetle, Carabus violaceus


    Carabus violaceus - (family Carabidae) This is one of the largest of British ground beetles. It is widespread in the UK: it is especially associated with wooded areas, but is also commonly found in gardens. Like most ground beetles it is a nocturnal predator and often spends the daytime hidden...
  • Soldier beetle

    Soldier beetle, Cantharis pellucida


    Cantharis pellucida - (family Cantharidae) Soldier beetles are so-called because they are slender and straight, and often have red, black, blue or yellow colouring reminiscent of regimental uniforms. Cantharis pellucida is a common species, though the adults are seen only for a rather short period...
  • Banded pill beetle

    Pill beetle, Byrrhus fasciatus


    Byrrhus fasciatus - (family Byrrhidae) This pill beetle is one of the very few insects that eats moss. It is a slow-moving beetle but it has an effective defence from attack: it can withdraw its legs and antennae into special grooves on the underside of its body, making it difficult for a predator...
  • Click beetle

    Click beetle, Ampedus sanguinolentus


    Ampedus sanguinolentus (family Elateridae) These beetles get their common name from the distinctive click that they make as they propel themselves into the air (as shown here) with a special mechanism that uses powerful muscles in the thorax. Their larvae have a long thin body and are often called...
  • Insect Garden

    Activities sheet

    How to make your garden insect friendly.

    For: Everyone

  • Ground beetle

    Ground beetle, Agonum assimile


    Agonum assimile – a ground beetle (family Carabidae) One of the many British ground beetles (though not all of the 370 or so species actually live on or under the ground). This quite common species is most often found under the bark of decaying wood in shady woodland. Like most ground beetles, it...
  • Let's Go Wild insect activities & facts

    Activities sheet Factsheet

    Activity sheets and fact pages from Lets Go Wild.

    For: Everyone

  • Leaf-cutter Ant Distress Call

    Leaf-cutter ant


    Many species of ants communicate with sound, normally quite high pitched. There are a number of different sounds including a distress call such as the one recorded here. The sound was recorded at the BBC in Glasgow in 2012 using a miniature microphone and has been slowed down by 50% to allow it to...


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Best camouflaged

Cramp-ball weevils look like bird poo, moths pretend to be lichen, caterpillars disguise as twigs with last year’s bud scars…

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