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Bugs Count mobile phone app

Enjoy a mobile guide to the bug world and contribute to valuable research

The Bugs Count app is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android users.

From shieldbugs and beetles to hoverflies and bumblebees, the diverse world of invertebrates is now at your fingertips. Discover interesting facts, identification tips and stunning photographs of bugs from London’s Natural History Museum.

You can also help OPAL scientists with valuable research by looking for the six Species Quest bugs. If you find one, you can use the app to take and submit a photo directly from your phone. Your observation will appear instantly on our Species Quest map.


ID Guide
Learn more about common groups of bugs, including interesting facts and ID tips. What exactly is the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket?

Species Quest
Contribute to scientific research by submitting your photos of the six Species Quest bugs.


Explore stunning images of UK bugs photographed by the Natural History Museum.

The app can be used on its own or as part of the OPAL Bugs Count survey.

Download the app for free

You can download this free app through the App Store or Google Play on your mobile phone. Search for 'OPAL bugs', or use the links below.

Help and support

Experiencing problems or display issues with the Bugs Count app?

Let us know what's wrong and the phone you are using, and we'll try to correct issues in future updates. We appreciate your help in improving the app.

Get in touch using our contact us form.


Take part in the Bugs Count survey

Join in a timed challenge to find and identify as many bugs as you can. You can use the Bugs Count app to help you.