This June, July and August we are asking people to share their wildlife sightings of three insects you may find in your garden: maybug (also known as cockchafer), holly blue butterfly and tree bumblebee.
All three species are found in gardens and the wider countryside. So, this summer keep your eyes peeled for the buzz of a tree bumblebee, particularly if it is hanging around a bird box (they love to nest in them); the blue of a holly blue as it flutters around holly and ivy and at night a maybug may be hanging around your outside lights.
Help us learn more about their distribution by submitting your sightings this summer.
This large flying beetle, also known as the may-bug, it is easily recognisable with its feathery ...
The holly blue is widespread throughout Southern England though its range has been extending nort...
The tree bumblebee first arrived in the UK in 2001 probably from mainland Europe and it has quick...
Why do we want your tree bumblebee sightings?
The tree bumblebee first arrived in the UK in 2001 probably from mainland Europe and it has quickly colonised. It seems to particularly like gardens and woodlands and will often be seen nesting in bird boxes. This distinctive looking bee, with its ginger thorax, black abdomen and white tail can be seen from March until July, being particularly abundant from late spring to early summer.
Why send us your maybug sightings?
This large flying beetle, also known as the may-bug, it is easily recognisable with its feathery antennae, pointy abdomen and mahogany coloured wing cases, can be spotted between the months of May to July. The decline of this beetle may be due to modern farm machinery killing the larvae during soil cultivation. Cockchafers are an important prey item for larger bat species and further declines in this and other large beetle species could be detrimental to bats.
Why send us your holly blue sightings?
The adults of the holly blue can be seen on the wing from March through to October. This blue butterfly tends to fly high around bushes and trees, unlike the other blues that stay low over grassland. Although the holly blue is widespread its numbers can fluctuate in number from year to year.