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Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland [Paperback]

Jeremy Thomas
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5 May 2014 Philip's Guide to...

This new edition of Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland begins with a valuable introduction to butterflies, explaining the differences between butterflies and moths, the life cycle and structure of butterflies, their movement and migration patterns, and helpful information on the distribution and habitats of the main family groups so that readers will know at a glance which species they are likely to see and where - useful for both identification purposes and for those readers who want to find a specific species. The introductory section finishes with information for gardeners, detailing which plants to grow and when. Each section is illustrated with diagrams and photographs.

There then follows an illustrated key to the main family groups, detailing principal physical and flight characteristics, as well as other key information to aid identification. The next section consists of 60 specific species descriptions. These comprise detailed identification notes for both adult and young stages, information on life cycle, habitat and behaviour, and distribution and status - all accompanied by life-cycle artwork and time charts, a distribution map and a large colour photograph.

Finishing with photographs and information on the most common day-flying moths, Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is an essential guide for both experienced naturalists and newcomers to the subject.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Philip's (5 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1849073287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849073288
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Providing comprehensive coverage of every resident butterfly as well as regular migrants to Britain and Ireland, this new edition of Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is one of the most thorough and up-to-date guides available on the subject.

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The author, Jeremy A. Thomas, is former Head of Site at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Dorset, and is widely recognized as one of the UK's leading experts on butterflies.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little butterfly guide 9 Nov 2009
Butterflies are undoubtedly the most popular group of insects and this is reflected by the wide range of books available to help identify them, so what then are the chief selling points of this little guide?

The Philip's guide is the latest version of a book that began life as the RSNC Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland in 1986 and the publication of the current version (in 2007) allowed for extensive revision and updating to reflect changes in the status of the butterflies since the earlier edition as well as the changing state of our knowledge and understanding of their biology.

One of the key differences between the Philip's guide and many of its competitors is the fact that it is restricted to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. This means that it will not be a satisfactory choice for anyone intending to use it on butterfly hunting holidays on the European continent where there are about six or seven times as many species as are found in the British Isles. The benefit gained however is that it allows much more space to be allocated to each species in what remains a slender volume that would not weigh you down on a foray into the field.

Each species is thus accorded a two page spread which provides a much more detailed account than is the case in most field guides. The text, by Jeremy Thomas, is clearly written and provides an informative portrait of each species and its biology. The text is supported by clear diagrams that indicate the typical time of year at which one can expect to encounter each life stage and life cycle drawings that indicate the habitat in which each of the immature life stages occurs as well as indicating what it looks like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mathor
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This book by Jeremy Thomas is an updated version of the one frequently referred to by the writer/journalist Patrick Barkham in his recent book "The Butterfly Isles" (also well worth a look for anyone interested in the natural world and butterflies; although not an ident book- it is more of a monologue/memoir of the authors year searching for all the UK butterflies).

'Philips Guide To Butterflies of Britain and Ireland' has secured an indispensable presence in my rucksack alongside the 'RSPB handbook of British birds' and I would not be without it. Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is far superior to my previous butterfly ID book for one main reason:- it only covers the British species and a few rare migrants, and therefore is quite a slim volume but has extensive information about each butterfly (Ident books comprising European species tend to cram everything into a small space, and personally I would only end up using a small portion of such a book).

Thomas writes clearly, providing a wealth of information of each of the 60 different British species covered in this book, and is pitched at just the right level to appeal equally to the reader, be they layman, hobbying naturalist or avid lepidopterist.

The book is divided into numerous parts; the first details general information such as the life-cycle of caterpillars and butterflies and the various different species found in the various habitats. This is followed by a 'quick ID' section comprising illustrations of the butterflies inside wing and also the underwing. These illustrations are provided by foremost insect illlustrator Richard Lewington, and are accompanied by indications of key identifying marks and a page reference to the full description of the species.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent field guide 25 Jun 2011
By Mr F
I ordered this field guide because I was impressed by the thoughtful, practical layout. The drawings of the different species families and similar species grouped together on the same pages makes it very easy to identify butterflies under real field conditions. This feature dispenses with the need to turn page after page in the hope you reach a positive ID before the butterfly flies away! Once identified, the guide points you to the relevant pages for more detailed information. It is also great value for money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great field guide and reference book. 22 Mar 2013
By rab
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The book is a very comprehensive guide to UK and Irish butterflies. There is a section for each species, describing the life-cycle, habits, food plands, distribution and so on. The book is very well presented with detailed photographs and coloured illustrations to help easily and positively identify each butterfly species, including eggs, caterpillars and chrysallises.

I would strongly recommend this for people requiring a field guide or a reference book. The book is easy to read which makes it accessible for beginners, but also contains a lot of excellent detail for the more experienced enthusiasts. The book is a handy size (about 12 cm x 20 cm) to take with you as a field guide.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Butterfly Reference Book 8 Jun 2009
A superb book that provides exquisite details of the life stages of British butterflies - a must have reference and identification book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover 16 Jun 2013
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After doing a butterfly identification course I needed a decent reference book with all the info conveniently place in a book that I could carry on my travels during my Transects.
Wonderful images and from all stages of life with a lot of info jammed in to give you the heads up.
Recommended by the instructors at this price it is a positive must have bargain.

buy it you will have no regrets
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing butterfly book!
This lovely Butterfly book has rich illustrations of each butterfly accompanied by comprehensive descriptions. Read more
Published 21 days ago by stiltz
5.0 out of 5 stars good choice.
excellent guide. Clear and concise.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great present
Published 3 months ago by Jill Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by S METCALFE
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide
Borrowed this book from a neighbour as I had a sudden influx of butterflies into the garden. The book provided all the information I needed and as I identified the butterflies I... Read more
Published 9 months ago by HTL
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
it was bought for my nephew as a present and an excellent choice hes very happy with the information inside the book
Published 10 months ago by david wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive guide
bought this to help me identify butterflies seen during the big butterfly count, as I was not familiar with a lot of species. very useful.
Published 10 months ago by Lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
This field guide is an up-dated version of Dr Thomas's field guide to butterflies, published in the 1980s. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christopher Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Really glad I opted for this one, so don't think I could better it
45 pages of an introduction, background, guide to main family groups (with plenty of pictures where required) and I didn't find this at all boring. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Monday's child
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview and easy guide
This book is really helpful as an easy-to-use guide to butterflies, well illustrated and clear.
Very good value and has been very helpful, exactly what I needed, and small... Read more
Published 13 months ago by celia thompson
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