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Do you have an insect you want to identify?

Bert the beetle

There are about 25 different groups of insect, but most belong to one of six common groups: beetles; but terflies and moths; wasps, bees and ants; true bugs; flies; grasshoppers and crickets.

Click on a group in the list below to find out about it.
You should be able to identify any insect you have found and learn a lot more about bugs too! Remember these pictures are not life-size!

Beetle    Butterfly    Wasp    Bug    Fly

Beetles      Moths & butterflies      Wasps, bees & ants      True bugs      Flies

Grasshopper    Dragonfly    Lacewing    Mayfly    Caddisfly

Grasshoppers & crickets      Dragonflies      Lacewings      Mayflies      Caddisflies

Earwig    Scorpionfly    Cockroach    Praying mantis    Stick insect

Earwigs      Scorpionflies      Cockroaches      Praying mantids       Stick insects

Alderfy    Stonefly    Flea    Parasitic louse    Termites

Alderflies & snakeflies      Stoneflies      Fleas      Parasitic lice      Termites

Thrip    Barklouse    Silverfish    Bristletails    Stylopids

Thrips      Booklice & barklice      Silverfish      Bristletails      Stylopids