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PICTURES: Natural History Museum bugs count starts up

A Tree Bumblebee Copyright: Natural History Museum

Scientists are asking people across the UK to take a peek in their back garden and keep a track of the minibeasts lurking beneath the flowers. Here's a Tree Bumblebee.

Green Shieldbug Copyright: Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum wants to know how bugs are doing in our towns and cities and says keep an extra eye out for six specific bugs, like this Green Shieldbug.

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Copyright: Natural History Museum

This Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly is dwindling. It's hoped the count will give scientists a chance to better understand how and where bugs live.

Devil's Coach Horse Beetle

Here's another - the Devil's Coach Horse Beetle. It has pincer-like jaws and an arched tail, and is a night-time hunter, keeping smaller bugs off the vegetable patch.

Leopard Slug Copyright: Natural History Museum

This giant slug - the Leopard Slug - is also a gardener's friend - it eats fungi, dead leaves and other slugs! To take part in the count, hit the website on the right hand side of this page.

Two-spot Ladybird Copyright: Natural History Museum

Here's a Two-spot Ladybird, which experts think is in danger of being overtaken by the more spotty non-native Harlequin Ladybird.