The 'true' bugs are members of the insect order Hemiptera. There are around 2,000 species in the UK: most are terrestrial but some are fully aquatic. Bugs all have a mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking through a hollow,needle-like appendage. Most feed on plant fluids but some are carnivorous feeding mainly on other insects.

    Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

    LESOPS 27 - A Two Year Study of Water Bugs at Priory Water, Leicestershire - Tony Cook, Frank Clark

    Other Useful Websites and Publications


    The British Bugs web site is one of the best of all wildlife guides. Highly recommended.

    UK Shield Bugs Yahoo Forum - it is free to join then you can access the photo library and ask for identification help

    Identifying common British aphids - very useful photo guide with excellent ID information.

    The Identification of Freshwater Bugs to Species Level - this is an online learning module which offers an excellent key and ID guidance.

    Video: Introduction to UK True Bugs from The Tanyptera Project.



    If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know: info@naturespot.co.uk

    Recording Schemes

    The County Recorder in VC55 for bugs is Dave Budworth.

    As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.