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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Re-issue edition (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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 9 Sep 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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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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