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Butterflies (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

Michael Chinery
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Book Description

12 April 2012 Collins GEM

The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.

This is the perfect pocket guide for nature enthusiasts keen to identify the most commonly seen butterflies and moths in Britain and northern Europe.

Authoritative text, beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations show the distinguishing features of each butterfly and moth to aid identification.

Features information on size, habitat, geographical range and months when they can be spotted, as well as names of similar species with which each butterfly or moth could be confused, and details of the differences between them.

This new edition builds on the strengths of the unrivalled original, now expanded to include over 240 butterflies and moths.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007178522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178520
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 13.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Chinery is a well-known naturalist and the author of numerous books on insects and garden wildlife, including Collins Nature Guide Garden Wildlife, The Natural History of the Garden and Collins Wildlife Trust Guide: Butterflies of Britain and Europe. For several years he ran field courses to introduce people of all ages to plant and animal life and now lives in Suffolk with his wife Jill.


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book 27 Jan 2007
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I bought this book when we moved to a new house with a large established garden which seemed to attract lots of butterflies. It has been a great help finding out which ones are which and good fun too getting my daughter involved as well. Great pictures and photographs and an easy to follow method of identifying butterflies and moths. Well worth the small amount of money paid.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Butterflies 5 Aug 2009
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A very good reference guide, which is small and easy to carry whilst walking. the photo's are clear and the descriptions accurate. I have no problem in giving positive feedback, the coverage is European wide, so it would be useful to take on holidays for instance,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also moths in this pocket guide 6 Jun 2012
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Unlike some so-called pocket guides, the Collins Gem series really is designed to fit in a pocket. This necessarily limits their scope, but it's amazing what can be packed into such a small book and still be readable.

There is a useful introductory section. It explains how the book is arranged according to what are officially known as families, which are actually groups of species with some similar characteristics. It also discusses, among other things, the main differences between butterflies and moths, although the distinction is not absolutely clear cut.

There is also an index at the back, in semi-alphabetical order, so if you want to find which page a specific species is on, you don't have to know the "family" it is in. I say semi-alphabetical, because if you want to look up a Common Blue, it appears under B, so you might expect a Red Admiral, you might expect it to appear under A, but it appears under R. Tau Emperor appears under E, but Purple Emperor appears under P. I assume that there is method in all this, but it might cause less confusion if the index was in simple alphabetical order, with each name ordered according to how it is written, beginning with the first word first. OK it's not difficult to look up the name in a second place if it's not where you expect it to be, but it is annoying.

The main part of the book (240 pages) has each page featuring one species with its English name, its Latin name and a color picture at the top, with the butterfly or moth shown against a natural background. Below this are some basic facts and another picure set against a white background. This picture may be of the caterpillar, the pupa, the underside or the other gender of the main species, or it may be of a similar species not otherwise featured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Size 15 Sep 2013
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Fits into the pocket so is perfect for carrying, when out walking, spot a butterfly and you can be looking in the book immediately,
The only problem we have , as beginners, is knowing were to start looking.But as all the information required is in the book, we will get there soon
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies pocket book 31 July 2009
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Good as a pocket book with excellent photographs However, difficult to use without some knowledge of butterflie classification. I have had to look through every photo to find each one I want to identify. That said, for the price an excellent book for the pocket!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compact and full of detail 14 Oct 2013
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this little book is just fantastic, its small enough that you can carry it with you, yet it is packed with information and illustrations to help identify butterflies easily. I take this book with me now and use it regularly on any trips
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 11 Jun 2014
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It's just right size for putting in your pocket on a walk and easy to read and identify various species.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for walks 28 April 2014
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nice pocket sized book, good for the kids to use when out & about & delivered fast, will look for more similar books.
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