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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 10.3 February 1999

Identifying insects

By - David Corke

The first question that anyone asks when encountering an unfamiliar plant or creature is 'What is it?'. Somehow we feel happier once we can call the 'thing' by a name. Perhaps this relates to our pattern of language development: no young child is content until it has a name with which to refer to anything it sees. Rapidly, and unthinkingly, we come to know the degree of variation acceptable within the category 'cat', for example, before it comes something else or a subdivision of the 'cat' group (my cat). We are born taxonomists.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

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"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist