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Stoneflies

ORDER: PLECOPTERA

(Ancient Greek - pleco = folded or braided ; pteron = wing)

Aquatic insects that live in running water as larvae.

 

Insects in this order

  • Predatory Stonefly

    © Roger Key Diura bicaudata male Stoneflies are freshwater invertebrates and most species live in fast flowing upland freshwater. Nymphs require highly oxygenated and unpolluted water, their presence is therefore an indicator of good water quality. More than 30 different species of stonefly...

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Most poisonous

There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.