Insects


These numbers on insects are quite staggering: There are more than 200 million insects for every human being living on the planet, and there are between 1 and 10 quintillion insects which are surrounding us in almost every environment on Earth. Insects account for well over half of all of all multicellular species, and come in around a million different variants.

Around 479 million years ago insects appeared on the planet, long before the dinosaurs, and long before us. They developed flight 400 million years ago, which means they had total air dominance for more than 150 million years. Insects have survived 5 mass extinction events.

There are around 24,000 species of insect in Britain and Ireland, 72,000 in Europe, and over a million worldwide.


Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor
Moths
German Wasp Vespula germanica
Wasps
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) female
Dragonflies & Damselflies
Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus
Bugs
Protonemura sp.
Stoneflies
Mud Alderfly Sialis lutaria
Alderflies
Common Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea
Lacewings
Thrips
Peacock Aglais io
Butterflies
Myrmica ruginodis
Ants
Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana
Beetles
Tachina fera
Flies
Baetis sp male
Mayflies
Panorpa sp female
Scorpionflies
Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus)
Grasshoppers & Crickets
Valenzuela flavidus
Barklice & Booklice
Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee Bombus vestalis
Bees
Turnip Sawfly Athalia rosae
Sawflies
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata
Ladybirds
Sun Fly Helophilus pendulus
Hoverflies
Caperer Caddis Fly Halesus radiatus
Caddisflies
Xanthostigma xanthostigma male
Snakeflies
Common Earwig Forficula auricularia
Earwigs
Silverfish Lepisma saccharina
Silverfish

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