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Bug life should be encouraged. Without insects and other invertebrates, there would be no birds and mammals, and many flowers would fail to pollinate, set seed or produce fruit. Bugs help to keep ...

In autumn, old bumblebee colonies die and newly-mated bumblebee queens find places to hibernate. They may choose a hole in the ground, a compost heap or a spot under piles of autumn leaves. Honeybees ...

Peacock butterfly, the common brimstone, and the small turtleshell butterfly are some of the few butterflies which over winter in their adult ...

Vanessa atalanta Red admirals have dark black-brown wings, each with an orange-red band. The forewing tips are black with white spots; the underside is orange, blue and white, while the hindwings ...

Bombus spp These large, hairy bees are generally black with varying degrees of yellow banding. Look closely at flowering plants and you’ll probably spot several species. Common bumblebees ...

Lasius niger These insects are black or dark brown and nest in soil, lawns, at the base of walls or under flat stones. Ants are social insects; they live in colonies that consist mainly of ...

Enallagma cyathigerum The male has a blue abdomen with black spots; the female, a yellow or bluish abdomen with variable dark markings. This species is common throughout ...

Aphis fabae (blackfly, black bean aphid, black aphid)Macrosiphum rosae (greenfly, rose aphid) There are over 500 aphid species in the UK, and several are common garden pests. Typically they have ...

Forficula auricularia These long, glossy brown insects can be recognised by the characteristic pincers at the hind end of their body. Although there are about 1,000 known species worldwide, only ...

Melolontha melolontha This familiar beetle has a black thorax, rusty brown elytra (wing cases) and brown legs. It has characteristic antennae that fan ...

Philaenus spumarius Froghoppers are small, brown insects that can jump great distances if threatened. They hold their wings together like a tent over their ...

Staphylinus olens The Devil’s coach horse is a long, black beetle with short elytra (wing cases). At first glance you could mistake it for an ...
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