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Insects and Spiders (RSPB Pocket Nature) Paperback – 1 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405349972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405349970
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 9 Sept. 2013
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I bought this book primarily as I wanted something I could slip in my shoulder pouch when I go out bird-watching. As with all DK books it is nicely illustrated and covered a far wider range of insects that I had ever anticipated. However, the various families of insects are dealt with altogether and whilst this may be satisfactory when it comes to identifying wasps, not all the UK species of the dragonflies were covered. This was a disappointment for me. I would also have to add that whilst a tremendous amount of information is crammed on each page, the writing is very small and sometimes difficult to read.

Given the vast number of insects, this book offers a very good overview and for the size, I doubt if it could be improved. However, since it is too generic, I am not too sure that this is of much benefit to identify exact species. It seems to fall between two stools insofar that it affords quite a useful range of information whereas if you have a particular interest in beetles, spiders or wasps, it is far from comprehensive and a more specialist book on each genus would then be a far better option. As in introduction, I thinks this get 10/10 but probably only 6/10 as a practical field guide. All in all, an interesting and sometimes fascinating book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on 16 Dec. 2010
Insects and Spiders (RSPB Pocket Nature)
A very neat, compact reference book. Excellent quality with good colour photographs. My son loves finding bugs and attempting to identify them and this has proven a big hit. All in all, very good value for money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brock on 12 Jan. 2011
A useful, superbly illustrated little guide to take in the field or keep as a reference, giving a good basic overview of the various insect orders. There is a representative range of species covered (c. 700), but often no reference to distribution - if interested, the reader will need to ascertain where they are found in the UK [which has 24,000+ species] (sometimes only in Europe) and whether they are common or rare. anyone wishing to study insect groups in more detail, will need a fieldguide to these e.g. dragonflies. Easy to use and suitable for entomologists and those with an interest in nature.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2012
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The book opens with some very useful pointers, firstly How This book Works explains what is contained on each page, following this are a few pages that explain insect Anatomy, and further a few pages on Identification. The main part of the book is divided into three sections: Insects; Arachnids; Other Anthropods. The book concludes with a glossary and an index.

The books is very well illustrated, each page has up to seven or eight photographs and drawings including a picture of the insects' habitat. There are also brief notes including comments on the insects' various stages, and often significant features are labelled in the photographs.

As a novice when it comes to insects I am not qualified to comment on the content other than to say I do find it very informative, and in format a very practical book, tall and narrow, 19 cm x 10 cm, it will fit comfortably into ones pocket and so is ideal for use in the field. But as a designer I am qualified to comment on the presentation, and here I find the overall page presentation not so practical; there is a great deal on each page and the resulting layout is confusing and difficult to read - the type is small ans some very small, and to compound the problem the smaller type is invariable presented against and coloured background making reading even more difficult especially in less than ideal lighting conditions. The general layout can appear chaotic making it hard to find the information your are looking for, I would have preferred a much more ordered and consistent page layout so I knew exactly where to look on each page for the information I seek. (So it's really four or five stars for content, but just one or two stars for presentation.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lemon_spice on 27 July 2013
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Lovely little book with great illustratoins
Nice clear pictures and details and excellent small reference to be able to identify those little creatures around the garden and countryside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter on 8 Feb. 2013
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Fantastic photobook on insects with accompanying descriptions, I've been able to ID many European species using this guide. Highly recommended.
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By Dan on 16 Feb. 2012
A good overview of Insect species you can find around these Isles. It offers sort of an umbrella classification for many insects my family - such as 'Hoverflies' where it then provides examples of a few different species. Very good for any amateur naturalist - and it helps with the 'next step' in helping to identify species beyond genus .
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