species quest

How to identify: the Two-spot Ladybird


Scientific name: Adalia bipunctata

Why are we looking for it?

There is increasing evidence that Two-spot Ladybirds have declined in numbers severely and rapidly over the past few years. This is thought to be due to competition from the non-native Harlequin Ladybird, which competes for the same prey (aphids) and predates on Two-spot Ladybird eggs, larvae and pupae.

How to identify: the Tree Bumblebee


Scientific name: Bombus hypnorum

Why are we looking for it?

It’s been a decade since the Tree Bumblebee arrived in the UK under its own steam, and in that time it has spread rapidly. Help us to map how far north and west it has spread and where it is now found.

It doesn’t appear to be damaging any of our native bee populations and is a very effective pollinator, so it’s a welcome new arrival.

Tree Bumblebee

How to identify: the Small Tortoiseshell


Scientific name: Aglais urticae

Why are we looking for it?

This beautiful butterfly used to be found in large numbers throughout the UK, but it has suffered a rapid decline in recent years, especially in southern England. Research into the cause of this decline is ongoing, but a recently introduced parasitic fly called Sturmia bella is likely to be one factor.

Help us find out more about this once common garden species – where is it now and is it doing better in urban or rural areas?


How to identify: the Green Shieldbug


Scientific name: Palomena prasina

Why are we looking for it?

The Green Shieldbug is spreading northwards in the UK, most likely as a result of climate warming. By recording where this species is found, you’ll be helping to track its spread over time. This information will build a clearer picture of how this and other species are responding to global climate change.


Green Shieldbug

Species Quest


Have you seen these bugs? Is the Tree Bumblebee flourishing in urban areas? How far north has the Green Shieldbug spread?

By letting us know if you find one of these six species, you'll contribute to important invertebrate research. You can submit your sighting as part of the Bugs Count survey, or separately, using our Species Quest form.

Please include a photo so that your record can be added to national distribution maps.

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