Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects (21st - 27th June 2021)!
We are surrounded by insects - but do we know much about them?
We thought we would share some of our favourite insect photos & facts with you, photographed by our Head Gardener in our Mill Gardens.
- Males can be seen rubbing their legs against their wings to create a 'song' for the females.
- In the UK, there are 11 native species of grasshopper
- In length, they measure: 1.8-2.4cm
- For more information, visit https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/grasshoppers-and-crickets/common-field-grasshopper
Common Darter (Dragonfly)
- Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.
The most common species of Darter that can be found well into November.
- Males can be distinguished by their dull to bright orange-red, especially on the upper surface of the abdomen.
- For more information, visit https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/common-darter/
Buff Tailed Bumblebee
- Otherwise know as a Bombus terrestris!
- One of the ‘Big 7’ widespread and abundant species, found in a wide range of habitats across the UK.
- Males are large, and the yellow in the tail distinguishes them from the White-tailed complex.
- For more information, visit https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/white-tailed-bumblebees/buff-tailed-bumblebee/
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
- The Small Tortoiseshell is one of our most widespread species and has shown little overall change in range.
- Wing Span Range (male to female): 50-56mm
- It is one of the first butterflies to be seen in spring and in the autumn it often visits garden flowers in large numbers.
- For more information, visit https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/small-tortoiseshell
For more information about Insect Week, Facts, Activities and more, visit https://www.insectweek.co.uk/.