Most of life on Earth isn’t like us in any respect. Barely 5% of all identified residing creatures are animals with backbones. The remainder – no less than 1.3 million species, and plenty of extra nonetheless to be found – are spineless. They’re the invertebrates, animals of wondrous range, distinctive niches and progressive and attention-grabbing methods of constructing a residing on this planet, which embody bugs (no less than one million), arachnids, snails, crustaceans, corals, jellyfish, sponges and echinoderms.

And but, regardless of their numerical benefit, originality and dazzling charisma, invertebrates are normally missed in favour of animals that extra carefully resemble ourselves. So, over the past two weeks, we’ve gone in quest of the UK’s invertebrate of the yr, and profiled 10 totally different invertebrates – plus the invertebrate nominated by readers, Lumbricus terrestris, the frequent earthworm.

And in case you want a reminder of them, right here they’re: glowworm, Clifden nonpareil, swallowtail, Asian or yellow-legged hornet, barrel jellyfish, St Piran’s hermit crab, distinguished leaping spider, ash-black slug, minotaur beetle, shrill carder bee and the frequent earthworm.

And now we’re asking you to decide on your favorite by clicking on one of many choices beneath. In actuality, after all, they’re all winners, and we’re winners, too, fortunate sufficient to share the Earth with these wonderful creatures.

As one reader, James Chisnall, put it: “It’s essential to recollect it’s not simply our planet, and the whole lot from the most important to the smallest deserves our respect and its place on this sphere we name dwelling.”

Voting ends at 8am BST on Monday 15 April, after which the votes might be tallied and the champion invertebrate might be topped.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here