Insects and other invertebrates

Purple emperor larva feeding on a leaf

Caterpillar of the purple emperor butterfly eating a willow leaf. This larvae will turn into the UK's largest and most spectacular butterfly.

Woodlands are our richest and most diverse habitats on land. They support thousands, probably millions, of insects and invertebrates that live among the leaves, under bark, in dead wood and on the woodland floor.

From the leafy canopy to the leaf litter on the woodland floor, woods and trees are full of invertebrate life. Bark, branches, dead wood, decaying leaves are essential to many species for some of all of their lifecycle. They occur at all levels of highly complex food webs and are an important food source for birds and mammals as well as playing a vital role in pollination.


Explore woodland insects and other invertebrates