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The best insect websites

Our round-up of the best websites that cover everything about bugs and creepy crawlies - in celebration of National Insect Week this week. 

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www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders

The Natural History Museum provides this interactive website, which includes identification keys and guides, common insects, a bug forum and much more. You can also find out more about their insect collections at the museum.

www.insects.org

This website takes a closer look into the specifics of a bug, it provides you with Latin names and an interesting section on butterfly and moth wing patterns. For those of you who want an insight into the lives of the ‘miniature marvels’ this website is definitely worth a look.

www.britishbugs.org.uk

A straightforward identification and information website. It is easy to use and provides clear, well-taken photographs of each species to make your search easier. It also has a gallery that includes some lovely insect photos.

www.ukbutterflies.co.uk

If you’re looking to identify or research a particular UK butterfly this website will most definitely point you in the right direction. It works in association with Butterfly Conservation thus receives all the latest information and news about both extinct and living species.

www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk

This website includes more than just the National Insect Week, it combines the best rated books on insects, fun insect related activities for kids, insect surveys and a what’s on guide for the insect enthusiast. This site is great for both children and adults.

www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/insects

Wild About Britain is a well-known wildlife charity and a big online community with over 40,000 members. Its collection of insect photography and specialist knowledge makes it the ideal website to begin your insect research.

 

www.buglife.org.uk

‘Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and we are passionately committed to saving Britain's rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, and spiders to snails. Today bugs are under threat as never before, so help us to secure a diverse and wildlife-rich planet for future generations.’

www.projectinsect.com

If you’re interested in insects and art why not combine the two? This collection of paintings and painters travel the country trying to over come people’s aversion to insects via the medium of art. It is not only artistic but educational too.