What are the most common flying insects

These are the insects you should look for

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Status: 05/28/2020 | 12:23 pm | NDR info

1 | 8 They are often considered to be a nuisance, but insects take on important tasks in nature, pollinate plants and provide food for other animals. The peaceful representatives include stone bumblebees. The furry insects swarm out in early spring. A striking feature is the red-brown tip on the abdomen of the otherwise black animal.

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2 | 8 The peacock butterfly is one of the almost 200 butterfly species in Germany that are on the move during the day. It feels particularly good on damp surfaces with lots of nettles - the only food for its caterpillars. The large, colorful "eyes" on the red-brown wings are characteristic of the peacock butterfly. The underside of the wings is almost monochrome black-brown.

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3 | 8 The inconspicuous leather bugs grow to about 1.5 cm and feed on plant sap. To do this, they prick leaves and unripe fruits such as blackberries and raspberries. Dock and knotweed plants also belong to the preferred territory of the bugs, which are reminiscent of leather with their light to dark brown color and grain.

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4 | 8 At first glance, hover flies with their black and yellow color resemble wasps. However, they are not armed with a sting and are completely harmless. With the four wings they can stand in the air, but they can also move quickly and with great agility - even backwards. The larvae feed on aphids, adults suck nectar from flowers, preferably from dandelions, parsley and marigold.

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5 | 8 Up to one centimeter long and very jumpy: this is the blood plant that mainly feeds on the sap of tall grass and herbs. It prefers peripheral areas of moist meadows and forest clearings, predominantly in the south and center of Germany. The name Blutzikade refers to the bright red pattern - not to blood as food.

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6 | 8 As a persistent aviator, the Admiral winters in southern Europe and comes back to Germany in early summer. Typical features are the reddish stripes on the dark brown wings and white spots. The approximately 6.5 cm large butterfly can often be seen near butterfly lilacs, water mustards and blackberries.

© NDR, photo: Detlef Meier from Ducherow

7 | 8 Common lacewings are greenish shimmering and a good one centimeter long. The fragile-looking insects only become active at dusk. During the day they like to hide under leaves, in winter also in living rooms. The lacewing larvae feed on spider mites, mealybugs or up to 100 aphids per day. Adult animals prefer pollen and nectar, especially dill, fennel, parsley and other umbelliferae.

© NDR, photo: Renate Reinbothe from Thurow

8 | Every child knows 8 ladybugs. However, there are almost 100 different species in Germany. The Asian ladybug only came to us in 2002. It comes in many color variations from light to dark. They all have in common a black "W" on a white head shield or a white "W" on a black head shield.

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