Bug Book – Mini Beasties of Flight

I’ve created this bright and colourful open-up flower bug book to help highlight the UKs top insects. The book is called Mini Beasties of Flight, and each petal of the flower features a different one of our top insects with a little bit of information about each of these creatures. This book was created to highlight that although some of these insects may be a bit gross or scary looking to some, they all have an important role to play in our ecosystem, and they all help nature and the world around us to flourish! I created this art book with paper cuts, and added extra fine details using fine liner pens to show their beauty when looking at them closer!

Some fun facts about the insects featured in Mini Beasties of Flight:
Bees:
  • The reason bees are so noisy is because they beat their wings 11,400 times every minute.
  • Bees have 5 eyes.
  • Bees typically fly at around 20 miles per hour.
  • The bee has existed for around 30 million years.
  • Bees carry pollen in their hind legs in a pollen basket.

Bees

Flies:
  • Flies can taste with their feet.
  • Some fly species can pollinate plants.
  • House flies live on a liquid diet.
  • House flies can walk upside down.
  • Flies are able to see behind them.

Ladybirds:
  • The number of spots on a ladybird indicates what species it is.
  • Ladybirds aren’t always red and black, they can also be yellow, brown, and orange.
  • Ladybirds hibernate from October to February.
  • Adult ladybirds can live between 1 to 3 years.
  • Ladybirds are considered useful insects and help farmers and gardeners by keeping pest numbers down.
Green Shield Bugs:
  • You will commonly find the green shield bug in gardens in the UK, especially in the south of England.
  • Green shield bugs feed on a variety of plants.
  • You’re most likely to see green shield bugs between May and November.
  • Green shield bugs hibernate over winter and re-emerge in spring.
  • The green shield bug will change colour after hibernation.

Bug Book - Green Shield Bug

Dragonflies:
  • The dragonfly is one of the oldest insects and has been around for 300 million years.
  • There are over 5000 species of dragonfly.
  • Most of a dragonfly’s head is its eye, giving them excellent vision.
  • Dragonflies eat insects and are great for controlling the population of ‘pests’.
  • Dragonflies can live for up to two years underwater after hatching.
Moths:
  • Most moths are nocturnal, however, you will still see quite a lot during the day too.
  • Some moth species do not have mouths.
  • Moths are attracted to light, bananas, and even beer.
  • Moths are important pollinators.
  • Male moths can smell female moths from over 7 miles away.

Did you know any of these interesting insect facts? We hope you learned something from this bug book, and don’t find these critters as scary the next time you see them!

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