Science & Environment

Poll launched to find UK's favourite insect

Small tortoiseshell butterfly Image copyright PA
Image caption The small tortoiseshell butterfly is in the shortlist of 10 insects selected by the Royal Society of Biology

An online poll has been launched to find the UK's favourite insect.

The Royal Society of Biology wants to emphasise the "vital" environmental role played by the more than 20,000 species found in the UK.

It also wants to highlight the threats they face from pesticide use, habitat destruction and climate change.

Its experts have come up with a shortlist of 10 including the small tortoiseshell butterfly, the emperor dragonfly and the stag beetle.

The seven-spot ladybird, garden tiger moth, the marmalade hoverfly, black garden ant, buff-tailed bumblebee, large bee-fly and green shield bug are also in the running.

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Image caption The stag beetle is in the running to be the UK's favourite insect

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