Miniature Monday: Caddisfly Larvae

Next time you are near a pond, make sure you have a look for some caddisfly larvae. They are not difficult to find; many construct fantastic protective armour around their bodies, using debris and bits of vegetation. There are around 200 species of caddisfly (of the order Trichoptera) in the UK and presence of larvae … Continue reading Miniature Monday: Caddisfly Larvae

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Miniature Monday: Emperor Moths

Emperor moths (Saturnia pavonia) are incredibly beautiful and probably one of my favourite moths of all. Belonging to the same family as silk moths, they are the only member of Saturniidae found in the UK. A few years ago one laid her eggs in a friend’s moth trap which gave us a great opportunity to … Continue reading Miniature Monday: Emperor Moths

Miniature Monday: Sexton Beetles

Burying beetles or sexton beetles (sexton being an old English word for gravedigger) are an unusual family of beetles consisting of several similar looking species. The scientific name ‘Nicrophorus’ is also thought to originate from the greek ‘necro’ meaning dead body. They are one of my favourite UK insects and being attracted to light, I … Continue reading Miniature Monday: Sexton Beetles