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Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland [Paperback]

Paul Waring , Martin Townsend , Richard Lewington
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31 May 2009
An important new enlarged edition of the bestselling and most comprehensive guide to larger moths in Great Britain and Ireland. This guide, first published in 2003, is now considered the moth enthusiast's 'bible'. Contains more than 1,700 exquisitely detailed artworks of over 880 species. This edition contains additional illustrations and descriptions of new species. Also, further paintings of details and forms which will help with identification. The plates have now been grouped together for ease of use. The text has been revised throughout to include the latest information.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: British Wildlife Publishing Ltd; 2nd edition edition (31 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953139980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953139989
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best moth guide ever. 17 Aug 2003
I first became interested in moths in the mid-seventies, when identification was via the 2-volume Richard South publication in Warne's Wayside & Woodland series - first published in 1907. When I resumed my interest quite recently, Skinner's guide, published in 1984 with its much friendlier layout, had superseded South's. Both of these books required the moths to be identified from photographs of set specimens, and this made many of the less distinctive species difficult to identify, without similarly killing and setting the specimen and even then, the reproduction of the plates or the condition of the specimen used, made this sometimes doubtful. This new book contains precisely painted illustrations of all the "macro" moths recorded in Britain and Ireland, in their natural resting postures, enabling identification without killing or other manipulation of the moth. It is easy to peruse the plates and eliminate those that are simply the wrong shape or size and also to see readily, the shape and distribution of the key patterns of the wings. Occasionally other key points are illustrated, where these help , such as the hindwing of the Alchymist. Where variation exists within a species, this is illustrated too. The plates and the text are easily cross-referenced, with the exception within the text of the reference to similar species, where plate numbers would have helped.
For each species there are notes on Field Characters, Similar Species (features sadly missing from the Skinner guide), Habitat, and Status & Distribution (amongst others). After 2 days use, I am confidently identifying the smaller and less distinctive noctuids, with great confidence, where previously the guide(s) available were inadequate for this.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect 2 Sep 2004
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When I started mothing I learnt identification from the Skinner volume. As has been said in other reviews Skinner gives no help in the text to sort the moths out. What is more, although the moths are photographed the reproduction is not good so details are lost along with your temper.
The book by Waring et al sorts a lot of this out as the paintings done by Richard Lewington are superb. The moths sit as you see them and shape is a large factor in identification. The text helps a great deal too telling you the important points to look for in identification. It also supplies details on range, emergence time and how common they are all of which help a lot during use.
The layout of the moths through the book follows that given in the British checklist. This is identical to that in other books so moving from one volume to another is easy if confirmation is required. It is also a handbook so it will fit in your pocket.
There are one or two problems. The first is the layout of the book. The pictures are not scattered through the book along with text relevant to each species, they are provided in four groups. Immediately you have trouble finding the pictures. I have ended up marking the site of the pictures with tabs of insulating tape just so that I can locate them. Then starting from a picture of moth, is the text for that species positioned in front or later in the book? Could be either. This may sound silly but time is precious when the moth may disappear any scond! If you are going to group the pictures, I think putting them all in a single group, at the back of the book makes far more sense.
Second for many species the text supplies "similar species". This is a good idea but some of the "similar species" do not look similar at all!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible Guide 12 Aug 2004
This book was a complete treasure to find. Having only started my interest in Moths just over a year ago I had only been able to find books with insufficient information or one's that were too technical. The Moths of the British Isles by Bernard Skinner is an excellent book but too technical for a beginner and how often do you see moths with their wings spread out as in the images he gives for identification. With the Field Guide to Moths of Great Britain and Ireland the authors have been able to demonstrate what the moths would look like in different natural positions and described what I should be looking for in straight forward terms. It is an excellent reference book for beginners and the more experienced and is well worth reading. Well done I hope they go on to write other wildlife books in this format as I shall be in the queue to buy them.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Moth Guide 7 July 2004
By Lego Man TOP 500 REVIEWER
I became interested in moths a few years ago, casually observing them at the kitchen window on summer nights.
As my interest developed, I went to a moth walk, and then decided to buy a book.
Moth identification is daunting for beginners, with so many species, some almost identical in appearance. This book is the most straightforward guide available.
It avoids the use of over-technical language and is immediately usable and readable.
Containing over 800 species, it is also comprehensive. Another good point is that it fully includes Ireland, so can be used by Irish naturalist like me, too.
Although it is quite expensive, it is worth it if you are keen on moths.
And best of all, the illustrations are superb - just look at the hawkmoth plates!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the guide to get if you want to know about moths
For some years I have been interested in butterflies. Irish at first (40 species), then English (60 species). Then I saw a few day flying moths (say 30 more species). Read more
Published 14 days ago by Prof E H Billett
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Given as a present but recipient said it was just what he wanted, clear identification of similar marked moths. Very good book for anybody in this field of work.
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I started moth trapping a couple of months ago and was suggested to me to buy this guide, haven't been disappointed, a fantastic companion to get started, easy lay out, extra... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Smeff
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I grew up in a rural area and took a great interest in the huge number of moths I saw there. Then I moved to a town and they simply weren't there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shaun Ffion Terri Steiner-Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book covers a large amount of moths and has very clear colour pictures of them.Until now I thought some of my moths were butterflies. Fasinating little insects.
Published 5 months ago by Mags
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for newcomer
I have only just stared mothing and this book was recommended by our county moth recorder. Middle section is pictures and rest of book is descriptions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
I was bought this book for Xmas as I have just undertaken a dissertation focusing on moths. It has become a highly valued book for me and really is quite wonderful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ultrazeus
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
I am just a beginner at learing about our moths and butterflies. The book is stuffed full of information, quite a few photos (of larvae) and the beatiful illustrations of Richard... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Virginia Plain
5.0 out of 5 stars Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland.
This is the most easy comprehensive book on our moths that I have come across. Lots of coloured decriptions and easy to understand text. Brilliant!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Christine A. Hollingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars UK Moths
Simply a must have book for those interested in moths. Good colour plates covering most of the species likely to be encountered and lots of informative text. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Brooks
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