Bugs Count results – what have we discovered so far?

You have been incredibly active exploring the bugs in your local area.

We challenged you to investigate the incredible variety of invertebrates in your built environment. In the first year of the survey alone, you sent us more than 5,000 sets of results and counted more than 800,000 bugs.

Scientists at the Natural History Museum processed and analysed this early data. Here's a taste of what was discovered.


How common are different groups of bugs?

An antFind out which bug was spotted the most and which environments they were found in.

Bugs challenge


How well do species fare in urban areas?

Tortoiseshell butterflySee which bugs do well in towns and cities.

Urban species


Which microhabitats are species most frequently found in?

A treeFind out if the Tree Bumblebee or the Small Tortoiseshell does better on man-made hard surfaces.



Where can the Tree Bumblebee be found in the UK?

Tree bumblebeeSee how far this species has spread since it was first recorded in Wiltshire in 2001.

Bumblebee map


How have your surveys helped our scientists?

Your records have helped us to understand which bugs were found most often, whether man-made environments have had an effect on bug numbers and where species can be found in the UK.

These are a selection of results which have been produced from verified data but to see live information as you upload your results, see the Bugs Count results map and the Species Quest map.

Thank you for all your hard work and while we continue to study your data, keep exploring nature!