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Wicklow Mountains National Park


Invertebrates, bugs, creepy-crawleys - call them what you will! The smaller inhabitants of the National Park are everywhere! Forget the larger wildlife in the Park - the bugs are truly fascinating, and well worth a Bug Safari. You need no equipment, but a catching net, a small jar to examine the bugs in, and an identification book. Search all the different habitats - sunny banks, walls, woods, hedgerows, bogs, rivers, lakes. You will be amazed at the diversity that you can find!

The invertebrates are much more diverse than the birds and the mammals of the Park. There are thousands of different species and the one only thing they all have in common is the lack of a spine. That's why scientists call these small creatures invertebrates because they have no back bones (vertebrae). With the exception of the dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies, there has not yet been a comprehensive survey of all the invertebrates that occur in the Park, but at least 500 species have been recorded.

Below are links to pages on some of the major groups of invertebrates.

Beetles..» Beetles are one of the biggest groups of invertebrates in the Park. This page profiles four interesting species - the Dor Beetle, Violet Ground Beetle, Soldier Beetle and Wasp Beetle.

Wasps and Bees..» Profiles of the Giant Wood Wasp, the Bumblebee and Gall Wasps.

Butterflies and Moths..» A listing of the 26 species recorded in the Park and profiles of the Emperor Moth, Orange Tip and Silver-washed Fritillary.

Dragonflies and Damselflies..» Explains the difference between these similar insects and profiles the following species found in the Park - Common Blue Damselfly, Beautiful Demoiselle, Common Hawker and Four-spotted Chaser.

Butterfly: Holly Blue
Holly Blue..»

Special Events

If you are interested in learning more about the bugs of the Park, then check Special Events to see if a Family Bug Walk is coming up.