Insects

luna moth

Luna Moth (Actias Luna)

The luna moth (actias luna) is one of the largest moths of North America from the family Saturniidae, subfamily Saturniinae, which is a group commonly known as giant silk moths. Also known as the American moon moth and lunar moth, luna moths are thought to be named after the roman moon goddess, Luna, due to …

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Closeup on a colourful green sawfly,Tenthredo mesomela on a green geranium leaf

Sawfly

Sawflies are winged insects which are members of the primitive group Symphyta, within the order Hymenoptera. They belong to a large group of insects with around 10,000 species which also include bees, wasps and ants. Although they are named as flies, they are more closely related to wasps than flies, even though they don’t sting. …

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Closeup photo of an amazing butterfly

List Of Common British Butterflies

The British Isles are home to a wide range of butterfly species, some of which are less widespread than others. Additionally, some look remarkably similar to others, and it can often be difficult to distinguish and identify common garden butterflies from one another. Whether you’ve been planting nectar-rich flowers and now have different butterflies visit, …

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woodlouse spider

Woodlouse Spider (Dysdera Crocata)

The woodlouse spider (dysdera crocata), also known as the woodlouse hunter, slater spider, sowbug killer or sowbug assassin, is a member of the spider family Dysderidae. It is a type of hunting spider that has developed an effective method for feeding on woodlice, hence the common name. The woodlouse hunter was first recorded in Britain …

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Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas)

The atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is an Asian moth belonging to the family Saturniidae. The name atlas moth is probably derived from Greek mythology, after the titan god Atlas who was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders. The moth’s Cantonese translation means “snake’s head moth” which is most likely because of the markings …

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A pretty Comma Butterfly, Polygonia c-album, resting on stinging nettles

Comma (Polygonia C-Album)

The comma butterfly (scientific name Polygonia c-album) is a common and widespread butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is also known as the comma, black comma butterfly, or simply comma, which it takes from its distinctive appearance. There are many variations of this species, and they have been divided into subspecies (meaning that they vary …

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