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article imageVote for Britain’s best-loved insect

By Tim Sandle     Aug 9, 2015 in Environment
London - Insects are an ever-present part of the natural world. While some balk at creepy-crawlies, others like to watch the patterns and behaviors of the myriad of bugs outdoors. A new poll has been launched to find Britain’s favorite insect.
The Royal Society for Biology (RSB) is conducting a poll to find out which insect found in the British Isles is your favorite (you don’t need to live in the U.K. to vote), only an interest in the types of insects is necessary. The poll has a serious point, as the RSB points out: “Many of our insect species are threatened as a result of loss of habitat, climate change, pollution, the presence of invasive species and the use of pesticides.”
From the 20,000 plus insects found in the environment, the selection panel has narrowed down a list to 10 different types of insect. The selections, along with a ‘nickname’, are:
The Divine Messenger - Seven-spot Ladybird
 Ladybird  ladybird  Fly away home.....
"Ladybird, ladybird, Fly away home....."
NatureClip: Free Stock Footage
The ladybird (or ladybug) is red in color, with wings punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots.
The Woolly Bear - Garden Tiger Moth
Moth on flower
Moth on flower
With this moth, the design of the wings varies. The front wings are brown with a white pattern; the back wings are orange with a pattern of black dots.
The House Sitter - Small Tortoiseshell
This is a butterfly with an intricate wing pattern. The butterfly has suffered a worrying decline over the last few years.
The Socialite - Black Garden Ant
Trap-jaw ant shows us why it s aptly named.
Trap-jaw ant shows us why it's aptly named.
AlexWild73 / Screengrab via YouTube
The queen of this species is 9 millimeters long, with a glossy black color. There are also slight brown stripes on the abdomen.
The Bee's Knees - Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Worker buff-tailed bumblebee
Worker buff-tailed bumblebee
Alvesgaspar
This is the most common bumblebee in Europe, although it is under threat due to pesticides and mite infection of colonies.
The Impersonator - Large Bee-fly
A giant bee presides over an area dedicated to real bees. The Eden Project collects and sells some t...
A giant bee presides over an area dedicated to real bees. The Eden Project collects and sells some tasty honey.
This fly mimics bees. It has squat and very hairy wings, with a wingspan of around an inch long.
The Gardener's Friend - Marmalade Hoverfly
Hoverflies  sometimes called flower flies  sweat bees or syrphid flies  make up the insect family Sy...
Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies, sweat bees or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae.
Thomas Bresson
The upper side of the abdomen of this hoverfly is patterned with orange and black bands.
Kicking up a stink - Green Shieldbug
This insect is sometimes called the green stink bug. The adult green shield bug ranges in the colour of their backs from bright green to bronze, without any substantial markings.
The Big Daddy - Stag Beetle
Hydraena ateneo  a millimeter-long water beetle  was found living in the forested creeks of Ateneo d...
Hydraena ateneo, a millimeter-long water beetle, was found living in the forested creeks of Ateneo de Manila University’s forested campus.
H. Freitag
The name of this mighty insect is derived from the large and distinctive mandibles found on the males of most species, which resemble the antlers of stags.
Lord of the Skies - Emperor Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Males of this species have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax.
To vote you can either vote on-line or tweet to #UKInsectPoll.
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