Insects are vital for human life on earth but they are often overlooked. The Royal Society of Biology has launched a poll to discover the UK's favourite insect.
There are over 20,000 insect species found in the UK. Ecologists came up with a list of 10 of their favourite UK species and now the Society wants to know what the rest of the UK thinks. The 10 insects to choose from are: seven-spot ladybird, garden tiger moth, small tortoiseshell butterfly, black garden ant, buff-tailed bumblebee, large bee-fly, marmalade hoverfly, green shieldbug, stag beetle and emperor dragonfly.
The RSB is also sharing some fascinating facts about these tiny, hairy or fluttering walking companions. For instance, did you know that in the middle ages the seven spot ladybird was considered a messenger from the heavens as it incorporated the mystic number seven (seven joys and seven sorrows). And how about the fact that the stag beetle is the only UK insect to have featured on a postage stamp twice!
Find out more and cast your vote at:
3 August 2015