Insects and snow

Published: 04 February 2009

Great Britain has experienced some of the heaviest snowfalls in 18 years this week. The snow is undoubtably beautiful and can be great fun but how do insects cope with winter weather?

Some species of insect avoid cold weather altogether and migrate to warmer areas. Other species protect themselves from the cold and some can even tolerate ice crystals forming within their bodies.

However, it's not just the cold weather that is a problem for insects in winter. For example, how do they find enough food to eat? There are few (if any) flowering plants around in winter and most trees and shrubs have lost their leaves.

If you want to know more about how insects cope with winter then why not read our page on insect overwintering?

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