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Land based (terrestrial) invertebrates

Invertebrates (especially insects) are everywhere. They are often around in very large numbers and are essential for life, helping to recycle dead material and pollinate flowering plants. Many of our mammals and birds depend on them as part of their food chain and the biologist Edward O. Wilson called them "the little things that rule the world". Scotland is unique within Britain in having a large proportions of insect species that are associated with our mountains, peatlands and native woodlands of pine, aspen and birch, showing strong affinities with the Scandinavian fauna.

Learn more about a fascinating group of species which often goes unnoticed in our daily lives.

Bumble Bee feeding on a Buddleia bush. ©Lorne Gill/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Bees, wasps and ants

Discover more about the social lives of honeybees and ants, and the important role bees play in pollinating agricultural crops.

Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris) Pinewood. Beinn Eighe, NNR, Wester Ross  ©Laurie Campbell/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Beetles

Beetles contribute to our lives in many ways. Find out more about the hidden lives, and benefits,of some of Scotland's key species.

Small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boleria selene) butterfly feedding on a Bugle flower. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Butterflies and moths

Learn more about one of our most attractive, easily recognisable invertebrate groups.

Aspen hoverfly. ©Iain MacGowan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Flies

Flies (including gnats, midges and mosquitoes) are known to all of us. Explore the essential roles many have in maintaining our ecosystem.

Snail in rain.  © Naomi Smith/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Slugs and snails

Explore the interesting life styles and ingenious adaptations these species have developed for living in the most diverse habitats.

Muir of Ord - New Zealand Flatworm.  © Sue Scoggins/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Worms

Some worms keep the soil healthy, others attack plants in the garden, and one can be used as an aid in the surgery table...

Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus). ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Spiders, mites and ticks

Learn more about the secret lives of some of our our predatory spiders or parasitic ticks.

 ©Lorne Gill/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Other land based invertebrates

Come and find out more about some of the thousands of invertebrate species that you may never have seen, or even heard about, before.



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