Autumn wildlife bundle
The nights may be drawing in, but there are still plenty of insects to see in September and October. We’ve chosen 3 FSC fold-out guides featuring over 100 insects and other beasties for you to spot this autumn, from Bronze Shieldbug to 22-spot Ladybird.
There are 26 conspicuous ladybird species in Britain and Ireland. Beautiful colour paintings of all species by Chris Shields show the key colours and patterns to look out. Co-created with the UK Ladybird Survey. Many ladybirds are widespread and common. You should be able to make a good list in most gardens, parks and wildlife areas. New adult ladybirds emerge in July and August, so adult ladybirds are abundant in late summer and autumn.
Harvestmen are spider-like invertebrates common in late summer and autumn, although species are present all year. The 2nd edition of the FSC’s fold-out guide to harvestmen covers all 34 species from Britain and Ireland. Although harvestmen are slightly more challenging to identify than ladybirds, many species show very distinctive features. So with a little effort, you should be able to find at several different species in garden. And then by widening your search within your local area, to hedgerows, woodlands and damp grasslands, you will be able to find many more
The FSC Shieldbugs guide features colour photographs of 45 shieldbugs and leatherbugs from Britain and Ireland. Co-created with the Royal Entomological Society. Although not as well known as butterflies, bees and ladybirds, shieldbugs are a spectacular group of insects. But in many counties there are relatively few records, so even novice naturalists can make new discoveries. Many species are common in gardens or habitats like hedgerows, scrub and woodland. With a little experience, most common species can be recognised by eye. New adult shieldbugs emerge in July and August, so adult shieldbugs are abundant in late summer and autumn.