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Ruby Tiger
Fin_insekt_1.JPGLATIN: Phragmatobia fuliginosa
FINNISH: Ruostesiipi
ICELANDIC: Fiðrildi
LATVIAN: Sārtbrūnais lācītis
LITHUANIAN: Rudoji meškutė
NORWEGIAN: Rustvingespinner


Size and looks
As a caterpillar it is brown and red and its hairs are orange. The front wings are brown and red and transparent. Other parts of the body have got scarlet colour and the wings have black spots.
Distribution and time of flying
It is common everywhere in Finland. It also lives elsewhere in Europe and Asia. It flies from May to July. In March and April we can see the caterpillars on snow. They are big, dark and hairy.
Living conditions
It likes to live in open fields and near forests. Grown up ruby tigers mostly fly at night, but sometimes also by day. Both sexes fly towards light.
The female lays 300-400 eggs on the leaves of plants. They are active at night and by day they hide under plants.
The caterpillar lives on many different plants. The grown up ruby tiger does not eat any more.

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The Blacksmith
Isl_ins_1.JPGRovløper.jpgLATIN: Nebria rufescens
FINNISH: Kovakuoriainen
ICELANDIC: Járnsmiður
LATVIAN: Skrejvaboles
LITHUANIAN: Šiaurinis mauražygis
NORWEGIAN: Rovløper
This bug "járnsmiður" (means blacksmith) is very common in Iceland and in northern Europe. It is usually found near streams, and where the soil is open and damp. It feeds on smaller insects. The blacksmith prefers lowland instead of dwelling in the highlands. Some individuals have been found in the highlands usually around geothermal areas. It is a common belief in Iceland, that if you kill a blacksmith, it will start to rain.

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The Ladybird
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LATIN: Coccinella septempunctata
FINNISH: Leppäkerttu
ICELANDIC:Maríuhæna
LATVIAN: Septiņpunktu mārīte
LITHUANIAN: Septyntaškė boružė
NORWEGIAN: Marihøne


Ladybird is a known bug. Wings are red with black spots. Bright color worms says ‘’I can’t be eaten’’. Ladybirds are living in Latvia. Eat small insects. They live under leaves in winter. There are many different kinds of ladybirds in Latvia.
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More about lady-bird:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady-bird




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The Wood ant
Maur_lit.jpgLATIN: Formica rufa
FINNISH: Metsämuurahainen
ICELANDIC: Skógur maurar
LATVIAN: Meža skudra
LITHUANIAN: Rudoji miško skruzdėlė
NORWEGIAN: Skogsmaur

Formica rufa - reddish-brown ant typically living in anthills. Nests of these ants are large, usually situated in broken woodland and parkland clearings, where the sun's rays can reach them. Their nests are made from a mass of pine needles, which are typically placed on top of old tree stumps. Nests can be a few meters in height.Established colonies normally have around 100,000 workers with about 100 queens. Queens are 12-15 mm long. They live for up to 15 years.Workers can measure 8–10 mm in length. They are protect forests natural eco system.They eat insects. They aggressively protect and farm honeydew from aphids. Larger workers can be found up to 50 meters from their nest.


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The Woodlice
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LATIN: Oniscidea
FINNISH: Siira
ICELANDIC: xxx
LATVIAN: Mitrene
LITHUANIAN: Vėdarėlis
NORWEGIAN: Skrukketroll


Woodlice (Oniscidea) are common wherever there is dark and wet. Often they come into the cellars and outhouses. These bugs account for a large group of about3800 species. Some species are found only by the waterfront, but some live entirely on land.The body has a typical rectangular and round shape resembling a shield. The color is usually gray or browngrey. It is flattened and the legs are placed well out of the sides.In appearance and way of life the woodlice can remind of insects, but they are not,insects have only three pairs of legs. Woodlice have seven pairs of legs, where alllegs are of equal size. The Norwegian species can be up to two centimeters long.Woodlice are crustaceans, and related to shrimp, crab and lobster. Some veryclose relatives of woodlice live in the intertidal zone. They are called plier lice, and together with pliers fleas they live among seaweed on the beach.Woodlice primarily eat rotting plant parts and other "good stuff".



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