Invertebrate Web Resources

“The little things that run the earth.”

American Naturalist E O Wilson reflecting on the fact that invertebrates make up around 97% of the species on earth.
 

This is a listing of basic web resources about UK invertebrates which can be used to enhance the study of these important and fascinating, but under-recorded species in Bexley. We would be pleased to hear of other key websites, or about broken links, so that we can improve this list. 

Most of these sites provide information on identification, including photographic guides. Note that in many cases invertebrate species cannot be reliably identified from photographs alone. Please follow the advice on these sites, or join the relevant group, to learn more.

Websites, especially Facebook pages, devoted to invertebrates have proliferated in the last couple of years, making it very difficult to maintain an up-to-date list. Use your favourite search engine to track down additional sites to those listed below …….  

Meetings of the Ecology and Entomology section of the London Natural History Society

http://www.lnhs.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/groups/5327922933/

are a good place to develop your knowledge about invertebrates. In recent years there have been one or two field meetings of the section per annum in Bexley.

 

INVERTEBRATES (general)

Invertebrate conservation

Buglife

http://www.buglife.org.uk/

Importance of ‘brownfield’ sites

http://www.buglife.org.uk/brownfield-hub

Planning (‘development’) and invertebrates

http://www.buglife.org.uk/good-practice-planning-invertebrates

 

ANNELIDA  

OLIGOCHAETA – Earthworms 

Earthworm Society of Great Britain

http://www.earthwormsoc.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/earthwormsoc

 

ARACHNIDA – SPIDERS, HARVESTMEN AND PSUEDOSCORPIONS 

British Arachnological Society  http://wiki.britishspiders.org.uk/index.php?title=Main_Page

Spider and Harvestman Recording Scheme  http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/

Nick’s spiders of Britain and Europe  http://www.nicksspiders.com/nicksspiders/order.htm

UK Safari Spiders page      http://www.uksafari.com/spiders.htm

British Spider Identification Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BritishSpiderIdentification/

UK Harvestmen (Opiliones)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460150090961032/

Pseudoscorpions UK  https://www.facebook.com/groups/479900348856287/

 

CRUSTACEANS (Crabs, Shrimps, Woodlice etc.)

WOODLICE

British Natural History Museum on-line key to Woodlouse identification                                    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/other-invertebrates/walking-with-woodlice/identification.html

Centipedes, Millipedes, Woodlice, Waterlice and Landhoppers:

British Myriapod & Isopod Group
https://www.facebook.com/BritishMyriapodandIsopodGroup

Woodlice & Waterlice Recording Scheme
http://www.bmig.org.uk/page/woodlice-waterlice-recording-scheme

Marine Crustaceans  http://www.britishmarinelifepictures.co.uk/crabs-lobsters-shrimps-prawns-etc

 

INSECTS

GENERAL

Royal Entomological Society            http://www.royensoc.co.uk/

Amateur Entomologists’ Society       http://www.amentsoc.org/

British Entomological and Natural History Society  http://www.benhs.org.uk/site/

British Museum of Natural History Bug Forum (ID help)  http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/identification/bug-forum?view=overview

Insects of Britain and Northern Europe  https://www.facebook.com/groups/invertid/

Plant galls – Britain and Ireland (many, but not all of which are caused by Insects)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649308048444607/

 

SPECIFIC TAXA

BEES, WASPS AND ANTS (Hymenoptera)

Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society

UK Bees, Wasps and Ants:

http://www.bwars.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1590641777855221/

Bumblebee Conservation Trust http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-us/

Includes identification advice.

British Natural History Museum Bumblebee colour ID guide                                                  http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/bombus/key_british_colour.html

Suborder Symphyta: British and Irish Sawflies:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/408749309504332/

 

BEETLES (Coleoptera)

The Coleopterist UK                         http://www.coleopterist.org.uk/

Watford Coleoptera Group                http://www.thewcg.org.uk/

(London) Ladybirds and Ground Beetles  http://www.ladybird-survey.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

 

BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS (Lepidoptera)

Bexley Butterfly and Moth Group  https://www.facebook.com/BexleyButterflyandMothGroup/

Butterfly Conservation (covers Butterflies and Moths)  http://butterfly-conservation.org/

https://www.facebook.com/savebutterflies

Butterfly Conservation (Kent Branch)  http://www.kentbutterflies.org/

UK Lepidoptera                                          http://www.ukleps.co.uk/

Caterpillars UK and Europe  https://www.facebook.com/groups/303087443212064/

UK Butterflies  https://www.facebook.com/groups/111321878884937/

UK Moths                                         http://ukmoths.org.uk/index.php

Moths UK  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1578941109041924/

Garden Moth Scheme  https://www.facebook.com/GardenMothScheme/

Kent Moth Group        https://www.facebook.com/KentMothGroup/

Moths flying tonight  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657981907786185/

Pugs in flight tonight https://www.facebook.com/groups/1756526918009674/

 

DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES (Odonata)

British Dragonfly Society

http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/BritishDragonflySoc/

UK Dragonflies and Damselflies
https://www.facebook.com/groups/561222590593478/

Migrant Dragonflies [in the UK]
https://www.facebook.com/groups/197169117453555/

Stephen Burch’s Dragonflies pages (quality images)  http://www.stephenburch.com/dragonflies/dragonflies.htm

 

FLIES (Diptera)

Dipterist’s Forum       http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/index.php

All about Hoverflies                                    http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artmay07/cd-hoverflies.html

(UK) Hoverfly Recording Scheme  http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/

UK Hoverflies  https://www.facebook.com/groups/609272232450940/

 

GRASSHOPPERS AND CRICKETS (Orthoptera)

Orthoptera and allied insects (Cockroaches, Mantids, Earwigs, Stick Insects)            http://www.orthoptera.org.uk/default.aspx

UK Orthoptera – Grasshoppers, Crickets & Allied Insects
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638188166466726/

 

MYRIAPODS (Millipedes, Centipedes)

British Myriapod & Isopod Group
https://www.facebook.com/BritishMyriapodandIsopodGroup

 

SPRINGTAILS AND BRISTLETAILS

Springtails and Bristletails  http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19503

 

TRUE BUGS (Hemiptera)

British Bugs website    http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/index.html

British Terrestrial True Bugs Recording Schemes
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1049706121790920/

Flickr British Bugs Pool  https://www.flickr.com/groups/301751@N25/pool/

Auchenorrhyncha recording scheme, Britain and Ireland – Leafhoppers, Planthoppers, Froghoppers, Treehoppers, Cicadas                                            http://www.ledra.co.uk/index.html

 

MOLLUSCS (Snails, Slugs, Octopus,  Squid etc.)

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland  http://www.conchsoc.org/

Slugs and Snails of the British Isles  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SlugsandSnails/

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