Invertebrates to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Scotland

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland - see the map on the right. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods.

In the U. K. woods have the highest diversity of invertebrates, because of the varied environments with abundant hiding/nesting places and food. In mixed woodland the diversity is increased as it allows associations between specific trees and plants with invertebrates.

If you have an insect, but are not sure which order it is in you can work your way through the Insect Identification to Order key.

Map of Torphins is divided into five major areas:

  • Bumblebees which deals solely with bumblebees, and was the original part of the site.
  • Invertebrates, which deals with all the other invertebrates.
  • Homework answers, where you'll find hints and tips to common questions set as biology, ecology, botany, zoology homework, there are also definitions of common terms in biology.
  • Window box gardens, this was started when we were exiled to central Paris, and 2 north-facing window boxes were all the garden available, however it was amazing the wildlife those window boxes attracted. You'll find plant lists, hints and tips, etc.
  • Torphins, this is the village in north-east Scotland where we are now located. In this part of the site you can find photographs of invertebrates found locally, where to see them and when, also links to pages with more detailed information.
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centipede Lithobius sp showing poisonous claws

Lithobius sp.

In the litter layer, compost bins, under stones.

Can be seen all year round.

Length up to 5 cm - the one on the left is just a youngster of 2 cm.

More about Lithobius and other centipedes

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