A great habitat for many insects
Samphire Hoe as a nature reserve provides a great habitat to many species of insects, flying or crawling, with many different habitats such as ponds, rocks, cliffs, meadows, grassland, to suit all types of bugs and creatures. Plants on the nature reserve and let to grow wild and free so that the surrounding wildlife can also use the cover to hibernate through the colder months. They are part of Samphire Hoe’s ecosystem as they also provide a food source for many birds in particular while plants rely on insects for pollination.
Samphire Hoe is home to lots of different insects and in particular to Rose Chaffer beetles and 13 species of dragonsflies and damselflies.
species of dragonflies and damselflies
species of moths
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Beetles, dragonflies and damselflies
This distinctive large beetle with metallic coppery-green wing cases can be found in grassland, scrubs and hibernates on the Hoe.
Quite abundant on the Hoe, males are bright red with yellow patches on the side and on the wing near the ponds from July to October.
Very distinctive with thick blue stripe on its thorax, Blue damselflies are an important role around ponds in the aquatic ecosystem.
This medium-sized dark dragonfly with a tapering abdomen can be found basking near the ponds and gravel pits at the Hoe.
With distinctive bright blood-red eyes, the damselflies are found near the water often resting on floating vegetation they use as look-outs.
Discover over 200 species of plants and wildflowers which have colonised Samphire Hoe over the past 25 years.More information
30 species of butterflies have been recorded at the Hoe according to seasons.More information
Explore a few of the 380 species of moths which fly around the Hoe at night time.More information