Scottish Bugs


Giant Yellow Bumblebee: The Great yellow bumblebee can be identified by its yellow or yellowish-brown colouring with a distinct band of black hairs between the wings.Workers are generally smaller than the queens and males are similar in size to workers. Our rarest bee of the UK, sadly in the 1950's the giant yellow bee was found all over the UL but now can only be found in the highlands of Scotland.

Green Tortoise Beetle: When threatened, the Green tortoise beetle acts just like a tortoise, pulling its feet and antennae in and hunkering down, gripping the leaf it is on as tightly as possible. Look for it on White Dead-nettle in gardens and hedgerows.


Woodwasp: They're sometimes called 'Giant Horntails' for obvious reasons. The female Great Wood Wasp has a long pointed tube at the back of her body, and this is usually mistaken for a stinging organ. In fact it's an ovipositor, which she uses to lay her eggs in the trunks of coniferous trees. Despite their slightly fearsome appearance, these insects are quite harmless.


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