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Collins Pocket Guide - Insects of Britain and Western Europe [Paperback]

Michael Chinery
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Book Description

11 Nov 1993 Collins Pocket Guide
This pocket guide to insects is designed to aid species identification, with over 2000 colour illustrations of common and rare insects found in Britain and Western Europe

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (11 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002191377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002191371
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 11.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

• Compact
• Easy to use
• Highly illustrated

" The amount of information that has been crammed into relatively few pages is remarkable. The illustrations are of the highest standard. In short an extraordinarily fine work: it can be recommended with confidence to anyone who wants to go insect spotting."

"I cannot imagine even a professional who would not want to have this book close at hand. The illustrations are magnificent.

"With this book in hand, the smallest garden becomes a naturalist's Mecca"

"Invaluable guide…marvellous"

"Beautifully and profusely illustrated"

"Thoroughly recommended"

About the Author

Michael Chinery is the UK’s leading writer on insects. His ‘Collins Field Guide to ‘Insects’ and ‘Collins Pocket Guide to ‘Insects’ are acknowledged as the best available.

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Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent illustrated guide to UK Insects 21 Dec 1998
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This is like all the Collins Guides to wild life - very well illustrated and very well laid out. It is very good on Moths and Butterflies. There are weaknesses in the coverage of some other insects, but the field of Insects is so vast that it is unreasonable and down right impossible to expect ONE book to cover everything.
If you want to know about insects, this is the book to start with! The Illustrations are sensibly placed by species and the general lay-out of the book is easy to follow.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in its field 12 Oct 2003
Hurrah for this book! Boo for the stupid publishers who took it out of print! So much better then the current hardback edition with fewer plates and consequently zero use as a field guide. Brilliant art with just the right jizz and if you don't find what you're looking for you are in danger of knowing too much!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent field guide 28 Sep 2005
this book is perfect to take in to the field as a generalist guide. my one criticism is that valuable page space is taken with western european species - why is it so hard to find a field guide which deals only with the UK? despite this however, this is still the best book of its type by a long shot and i cannot understand why there has not been a new edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic 10 Dec 2012
By Frere
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I studied agronomy in Belgium, we were using Michael Chinery's guide for our entomology practical classes. We had a wonderful teacher, and he chose a wonderful book, too. Although it may look like a vulgarization booklet, don't be mistaken: it provides an excellent overview of the most important families, and the information is accurate and of a very high standard. I bought it to all my nephews, together with a cheap binocular microscope, and they just love watching and identifying any bug they find...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper from Amazon 24 July 2010
By Jely
What you get if you buy new from quality_uk_books is Insects of Britain and Western Europe (Domino Field Guide), which is a later edition by a different publisher. Follow the link to buy it cheaper from Amazon!
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