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

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.



Invertebrate conservation


Importance of ‘brownfield’ sites

Planning (‘development’) and invertebrates



OLIGOCHAETA – Earthworms 

Earthworm Society of Great Britain



British Arachnological Society

Spider and Harvestman Recording Scheme

Nick’s spiders of Britain and Europe

UK Safari Spiders page

British Spider Identification Group

UK Harvestmen (Opiliones)

Pseudoscorpions UK


CRUSTACEANS (Crabs, Shrimps, Woodlice etc.)


British Natural History Museum on-line key to Woodlouse identification                          

Centipedes, Millipedes, Woodlice, Waterlice and Landhoppers:

British Myriapod & Isopod Group

Woodlice & Waterlice Recording Scheme

Marine Crustaceans




Royal Entomological Society  

Amateur Entomologists’ Society

British Entomological and Natural History Society

British Museum of Natural History Bug Forum (ID help)

Insects of Britain and Northern Europe

Plant galls – Britain and Ireland (many, but not all of which are caused by Insects)



BEES, WASPS AND ANTS (Hymenoptera)

Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society

UK Bees, Wasps and Ants:

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Includes identification advice.

British Natural History Museum Bumblebee colour ID guide                                        

Suborder Symphyta: British and Irish Sawflies:


BEETLES (Coleoptera)

The Coleopterist UK               

Watford Coleoptera Group      

(London) Ladybirds and Ground Beetles



Bexley Butterfly and Moth Group

Butterfly Conservation (covers Butterflies and Moths)

Butterfly Conservation (Kent Branch)

UK Lepidoptera                                

Caterpillars UK and Europe

UK Butterflies

UK Moths                               

Moths UK

Garden Moth Scheme

Kent Moth Group

Moths flying tonight

Pugs in flight tonight



British Dragonfly Society

UK Dragonflies and Damselflies

Migrant Dragonflies [in the UK]

Stephen Burch’s Dragonflies pages (quality images)


FLIES (Diptera)

Dipterist’s Forum

All about Hoverflies                          

(UK) Hoverfly Recording Scheme

UK Hoverflies



Orthoptera and allied insects (Cockroaches, Mantids, Earwigs, Stick Insects)  

UK Orthoptera – Grasshoppers, Crickets & Allied Insects


MYRIAPODS (Millipedes, Centipedes)

British Myriapod & Isopod Group



Springtails and Bristletails


TRUE BUGS (Hemiptera)

British Bugs website

British Terrestrial True Bugs Recording Schemes

Flickr British Bugs Pool

Auchenorrhyncha recording scheme, Britain and Ireland – Leafhoppers, Planthoppers, Froghoppers, Treehoppers, Cicadas                                  


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

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Slugs and Snails of the British Isles

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