Tom Curtis's Insects Posts

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European…

The Gatekeeper, also known as the Hedge Brown, is a golden butterfly that provides a welcome sight in the middle of summer in the UK, when the fresh adults…

Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting.

Five-spot Burnet is imperfectly known. In general, the forewing of the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet is longer and more pointed, the upper angle of the…

The Red Admiral is a frequent visitor to gardens throughout the British Isles and one of our most well-known butterflies. This butterfly is unmistakable, with…

Bumblebees are endearing and familiar insects. Their animated behaviour and deep buzz as they fly from flower to flower makes them a delight to watch.

The Wood White is one of our daintiest butterflies with one of the slowest and delicate flights of all the British butterflies. When at rest, the rounded tips…

he Speckled Wood is a common butterfly and familiar to many observers, especially in woodland where, as its name suggests, it is most often found. The…

Among the best-known and most well-loved beetles, ladybirds are easy to recognise. The most familiar have bright red elytra (wing cases) with black spots,…

In many ways this could be considered to be the most typical British damselfly. It shares its blue and black colouration with several other species. It can be…

Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. There are about 250 different hoverfly species…

A honey bee is any member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests…

The Small Tortoiseshell one of our most-familiar butterflies, appearing in gardens throughout the British Isles. Unfortunately, this butterfly has suffered a…

The Diptera are familiar to everyone as just 'flies' - such as house flies and blue bottles - and this order of insects also includes , midges and mosquitoes.

The Soldier Beetle is a relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetle. They are cosmopolitan in distribution. One of the first described species has a color…

Green Veined White Butterfly. This is a common butterfly of damp grassland and woodland rides and is often mistaken for its cousin, the Small White. It can be…

Looking like a tatty Small Tortoiseshell, the Comma is now a familiar sight throughout most of England and Wales and is one of the few species that is bucking…

Bumblebees are endearing and familiar insect. Their animated behaviour and deep buzz as they fly from flower to flower makes them a delight to watch.

The Comma is a fascinating butterfly. The scalloped edges and cryptic colouring of the wings conceal hibernating adults amongst dead leaves, while the larvae,…

There are over 200 species of hoverfly in the UK, with a wide range of appearances. All hoverflies belong in the family Syrphidae, and share the characteristic…
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