Best insect websites

Here is our pick of the best websites offering advice on how to identify different insect species, where to see and how to help insects.

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Here is a selection of the best websites offering advice on how to identify different insect species, where to see and how to help insects.

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The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum’s interactive website 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.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders

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A dark green fritillary butterfly on a sandy path at Murlough Nature Reserve.

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Insects.orkin.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.insects.org

Dor Beetle (Dung Beetle) showing off its metallic carapace
Dor Beetle (Dung Beetle) showing off its metallic carapace
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British Bugs

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.britishbugs.org.uk

Why do wasps sting in autumn?

Wasps tend to be at their most irritating in October – but why?

The answer actually lies in the unusual ecology and bizarre anatomy of social wasps. In the spring, queen wasps wake from hibernation and start to build their nest, laying eggs and raising their first brood of daughters. These worker wasps cannot produce fertilised eggs so spend their time helping their mother expand the nest and raise more young.

Read our wasp guide to find out more

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UK Butterflies

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.ukbutterflies.co.uk

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National Insect Week

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.nationalinsectweek.co.uk

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Butterflies struggled to find food sources as plants struggled int he heat
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Buglife

‘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.buglife.org.uk

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Countryfile.com

We cover insect identification and news in our wildlife section. Our friends at Discover Wildlife also cover all manner of creepy crawlies.