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Iceland: Insects

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The insect fauna of Iceland is rather scanty in comparison with more southerly countries. Most insects found in Iceland are of European descent. Ground beetle is common everywhere in Iceland. They can be found close to human habitations and often inside houses. Most of the larger insects have in common that they participate in the decomposition of organic matter. The white-tailed bumblebee is one of two bumblebee species found in Iceland. It was first discovered in 1979 in Reykjavík. The other species the small heath bumblebee (Bombus jonellus), which is in all probability indigenous to Iceland.

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