The rosemary beetle, berberis sawfly, scarlet lily beetle and the hemerocallis (day lily) gall midge have spread nationwide, destroying herbs, flowers and shrubs. Now Royal Horticultural Society chiefs are urging gardeners to look out for the insects.
Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabies is big and showy, like a cross between a cornflower and a thistle, with whiskery petals in a whorl. It is a valuable nectar source for insects and a favourite flower of butterflies, including the Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. It also has therapeutic properties, and was once used in skin ointments to heal wounds and infections. Centaurea scabiosa is a truly outstanding wild flower which outshines many cultivated plants.
Hornets creeps me out but this photo is stunning and terrifying at the same time.A portrait of a hornet by Dusan Beno Bug-obsessed Slovakian student, Dusan Beno captures detailed macro portraits of insects and spiders. He catches his subjects in the great outdoors and then "bug-naps" them by taking them back to his home for photo-shoots.