The Insects in Wollaton Park

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth, with over 1 million known species. Insects play an important role in the ecosystem of Wollaton Park, as pollinators, decomposers, and food for other animals. Some insects are also pests, but they also provide us with many valuable products, such as honey, silk, and insect-based medicines.

Beetles

Beetles are important in many ecosystems as they play key roles in pollination, decomposition, and pest control.

Longhorn Beetle
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Butterflies and Moths

There are many species of butterflies that can be found in Wollaton Park.

Butterflies play an important role in the environment as pollinators and indicators of the health of ecosystems.

Damselflies & Dragonflies

Damselflies and dragonflies are both members of the same family.  They play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem as predator.

damselfly
Bee

Bees

Bees are important pollinators in Wollaton Park and are critical for maintaining the park’s ecosystem. Bees help to pollinate the flowers of many plants in the park, including wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. This process is essential for the reproduction of these plants, and without bees, many of the park’s plants would not be able to produce seeds and reproduce.

The Hardy Plant Society Nottingham has a collection of photographs of Bees in the Botanic Garden in Wollaton Park.

Weevils

Weevils are insects that help to control invasive plants and break down dead plant material, playing an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Weevil
Grasshopper

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are long-bodied, jumping insects with long antennae and powerful hind legs. They are typically green or brown, but some species may be yellow, red, or black.  They are herbivores and feed on plants. 

Ants

Wood ants, also known as carpenter ants, are social insects found in wooded areas. They construct intricate nests in decaying wood, displaying impressive teamwork and organization. With powerful mandibles, they can bite and spray formic acid as a defense mechanism. Wood ants play a crucial role in forest ecosystems by recycling decaying organic matter.

Ant
Hornets Nest

Hornets

Hornets are large, social wasps that play an important ecological role as predators, preying on a wide variety of insects, including flies, beetles, caterpillars, and other wasps. They also eat spiders, snails, and even small vertebrates. By preying on these insects, hornets help to control their populations and prevent them from becoming pests.

They also play a role in pollination as they travel from flower to flower in search of food.

Hornet