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Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Paperback (2nd edition)
Paul Waring & Martin Townsend, illustrated by Richard Lewington
RRP:  £ 29.95
Our price £ 26.00
Publication date: First published 2003, second edition 2009
ISBN: 978 0 9531399 8 9 (paperback)
Format: paperback, 215 x 136mm
Extent: 444 pages
Illustrations: Over 1,700 colour artworks, over 80 larvae photographs
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This is the most comprehensive guide to the larger moths of Great Britain and Ireland, with superb artworks by Richard Lewington showing the moths in natural resting postures, for easy identification. There are also paintings of different forms, underwings and details that will help in identification. The thoroughly updated text includes up to date research on species distribution, and the field characters have been rewritten to include the latest information on identification techniques. As well as field characters and similar species, there is detailed information on flight season, life cycle, larval foodplants, habitat, status and distribution for all species. With over 20,000 copies sold, this is arguably the most popular guide to this subject, used by keen amateurs and experts alike.

  • More than 1,700 colour artworks of over 880 species, shown in their natural resting postures, displayed as a series of stunning artwork plates for easy comparison of species and identification
  • More than 80 photographs of larvae
  • Includes comprehensive descriptions by leading moth experts of almost every macro-moth known to have occurred in Great Britain and Ireland (including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
  • General introduction to identifying and studying moths

'The new benchmark!' Birdwatch

'Here, at last, is a true field guide, depicting all the larger British moths as they are seen at rest in the field...The most important book on moths published since Skinner...' British Birds

'The plates are a sheer joy to behold...the great advantage of this guide over Skinner's seminal guide is that all the species are depicted in their natural resting posture, which is a very useful feature, particularly for the less experienced moth-er. There was much anticipation amongst both the general naturalist and the more specialist mothing communities about the publication of this volume. So was the hype justified? For this reviewer it has not only matched, but exceeded the anticipated delights. If you only want one moth guide, it has to be this. Indispensable for any naturalist.' Neil Anderson, The London Naturalist

'An exceptionally user-friendly book. The text is unsurpassable...It will remain unassailable as the UK field guide for moths for the foreseeable remains terrific value for money.' Colin Pratt, Atropos

'The book every entomologist has been waiting for.' Scottish Wildlife

'As an experienced entomologist I'll recommend this guide for the rest of my working life; I can't see it being bettered.' John Ellis, Natural World

'There is really only one moth guide. The Field Guide to the Moths of Britain and Ireland is out on its own - as far as I'm aware, no comparable moth field guide has ever been published... It's a class act.' James Robertson, Natur Cymru

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