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National Insect Week returns in 2020


  • Sulphur beetle

    Comb-clawed beetle, Ctenopius sulphureus


    Cteniopus sulphureus - (family Alleculidae) The very distinctive sulphur beetle is the only bright yellow beetle found in the UK. The adults live in flowers, where they feed on nectar and pollen. The species is usually only found in very dry places such as chalk or sandy grassland in the south of...
  • 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


Did you know?

Ant supercolonies

Ant supercolonies can be made up of thousands of nests and hundreds of thousands of workers.

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