The Red-headed Cardinal Beetle is a medium-sized beetle found in woodland, along hedgerows and in parks and gardens. The adults are present during the summer and can often be found sunbathing on flowers or tree trunks. They are predators and feed on other insects flying around the flowers on which they are perched.
Insects are the most widespread creature on the planet, they can be found everywhere!
They are very important for our eco-system as they are the world’s pollinators, without insects we would have very little produce, including chocolate!
Insects also make honey, beeswax and silk!
These fascinating creatures seem to eat a wide variety of foods, but many are ‘omnivores’ – meaning that they can eat a variety of foods including plants, fungi, dead animals, decaying organic matter, and nearly anything they encounter in their environment.
A very large bush-cricket, the Great Green Bush-cricket certainly lives up to its name! It lives in trees and on grassland dotted with patches of scrub, eating vegetation and other insects. The males display to females by producing a very loud, long 'song' by rubbing their forewings together.
This handsome green and red invertebrate can be found wherever suitable shrubby foodplants are available. Eggs are laid in spring and, over the summer, the nymphs feed on ripening red berries, particularly Hawthorn, but also feed Rowan, Whitebeam and Cotoneaster.
Male emperor dragonflies are pale blue with an apple-green thorax and a black stripe running the length of the body. Females are similar but a duller greeny-blue. Both have greeny-blue eyes. This species is easily recognised by the combination of size and mostly blue colour.
Great Green Bush Cricket