Archive of: Insects Wildlife

  • The Emperor's new clothes

    The Emperor's new clothes

    A spectacular sight with a wingspan of 10cm, the Emperor is Britain’s largest dragonfly.

  • Royal terror - the Purple Emperor

    Royal terror - the Purple Emperor

    The Purple Emperor is the holy grail of British butterflies, a truly magnificent creature capable of drawing an impressive crowd of loyal subjects all seeking an audience with His Royal Highness.

  • A New Aphid Species

    A New Aphid Species

    In May 2018 two entomologists made one of their regular visits to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and found some aphids they were unfamiliar with.

  • Martin Kalaher's butterfly garden

    Martin Kalaher's butterfly garden

    Martin Kalaher from Storrington has created a butterfly garden and tells us about his belief that every gardener can make a bit of a difference, however small.

  • Very Hungry Caterpillars

    Very Hungry Caterpillars

    Caterpillars come in a huge variety of colours, shapes and sizes but there’s one thing that these Lepidopteran larvae all have in common: they’re very hungry.

  • Species of the day: Marbled White

    Species of the day: Marbled White

    The naming of the Marbled White would lead you to assume it as a member of the ‘White’ butterflies. Confusingly, it’s more closely related to the ‘Browns’

  • Species of the day: Meadow Brown

    Species of the day: Meadow Brown

    There’s no British butterfly species more ubiquitous than the Meadow Brown, found in just about every grassy habitat across the British Isles and indeed much further afield

  • Species of the day: Dark Bush Cricket

    Species of the day: Dark Bush Cricket

    You’re likely to see a Dark Bush Cricket crawling and sunbathing amongst ancient hedgerows, particularly in the southern half of Britain where they’re the most common

  • Species of the day: Cockchafer

    Species of the day: Cockchafer

    The bumbling Cockchafer is a rather amusing member of a family held as sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, the Scarab Beetles

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