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Soil and Insects

Insects come in many forms, some loveable and some that appear grotesque, disgusting or frightening to us. Our world depends on many processes and insects are part of the cycle of growth and decay. When you find an insect somewhere, it is there for a reason. If you don't want the insects in a particular place, if you know the reason they are there, for example they are helping a piece of wood to decay into soil, you may be able to change the situation and the insects will move themselves. Knowing a bit about them is the first step. Here is some food for thought1 ...

  • Over one million species of insects have been discovered and described but it is estimated that there may be as many as 10 million species on earth.
  • Insects have been around for more than 350 million years, longer than the dinosaurs and flowering plants.
  • Scientists estimate that insects make up to 90% of all species of animals on the planet and more than half of all living things.

There are approximately 1.4 billion insects for every person on Earth. The total weight of all the insects is about 70 times more than all the people.

Insects can be fascinating, and children are often wowed when they see them magnified.

Take a closer look at some of the insects around you using an insect pot (bug pot) with a magnifying lid?

Royal Entomological Society Insect Identification Service

Each year the Royal Entomological Society receives thousands of requests for help with insect identification through their insect identification service.

Their downloadable 'Intriguing Insects' miniguide contains pictures and information on a few of the most commonly asked about insects.



Community Groups

Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and Brecon Brecons National Park Brecon
Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and Brecon Brecons National Park - discover more

Transition Presteigne
Transition Presteigne - discover more

Presteigne Tree Group Presteigne
Presteigne Tree Group - discover more

Llais y Goedwig Machynlleth
Llais y Goedwig - discover more

The Hanging Gardens (The Wilderness Trust) Llanidloes
The Hanging Gardens (The Wilderness Trust) - discover more

Verges for Nature PRESTEIGNE and NORTON
Verges for Nature - discover more

Cultivate (Cwm Harry) Cyfyngedig NEWTOWN
Cultivate (Cwm Harry) Cyfyngedig - discover more

Llangattock Community Woodlands Llangattock
Llangattock Community Woodlands - discover more

Vibrant Vyrnwy Llanwddyn
Vibrant Vyrnwy - discover more

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Llandrindod Wells
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust - discover more

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Powys
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Powys - discover more

Machynlleth Biodiversity Group Machynlleth
Machynlleth Biodiversity Group - discover more

Edible Mach
Edible Mach - discover more

ON THE VERGE TALGARTH - discover more

Businesses and Suppliers

Dolydd Gobaith - discover more

The Hanging Gardens Llanidloes
The Hanging Gardens - discover more

Sector39 Oswestry
Sector39 - discover more

Wilder Meat
Wilder Meat - discover more

Green Lane Burial Field Montgomery
Green Lane Burial Field - discover more

Cambrian Edible Plants Llandrindod Wells
Cambrian Edible Plants - discover more

Wilder Pentwyn Produce Pentwyn
Wilder Pentwyn Produce - discover more


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