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A Photographic Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Europe (Photographic Guides) Paperback – 1 May 1995


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Books (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853684147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853684142
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 9.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,818,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Sterry is a biologist, author and photographer whose interest in natural history spans more than 50 years. He has travelled widely, pursuing his interest in the natural world, gathering photographic material for his books, and taking stock images for his photo library, Nature Photographers Ltd (http://www.naturephotographers.co.uk). Recently, Paul's interests have centred on British wildlife and its conservation. He has written more than 50 books on British wildlife, including numerous field guides. Almost all the titles are largely illustrated by images from the archive of Nature Photographers Ltd. Among Paul's most proud achievements are books in the critically acclaimed 'Collins Complete' series of field guides; recent titles on Coastal Wildlife, and Mushrooms and Toadstools, have set new standards in terms of image quality and the role that photography has to play in the identification of plants and animals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Oxley on 18 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I have four major problems with this book.

1) There are no colour pictures of the eggs, catapillars or pupa.

2) The text is arranged in one big block for each species, so if you are out in the field you can't quickly glance at the text, you have to scan the whole block. Consistantly arranged bullet points are much better for this type of book.

3) Most butterflies/moths are shown with either wings open or closed rather than both.

4) Many species are sexually dimorphic ( that is, the male and females look different) which the book does not always illustrate. The male brimstone for example is bright lemon yellow while the female is white with pale green underside colouring.

The photos are quite good and each species does have one at least, but this is its only saving grace. I suspect that cost of production has probably taken its toll on this book. Really, each species should have its own page with all the information mentioned above.

I have not read the book from cover to cover so I cannot critisize the main text as of yet. Whether I shall bother or not I don't know.

Buy this only if you can get it dirt cheap as I did. If I'd paid full price for it, I would have sent it back.

Sorry Mr Sterry (author) but this needs more work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Cattermole VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
compact easy to use format, the ideal pocket size travelling companion.

authoritative text describing key identification features

full colour photos illustrating over 195 butterflies and some 50 important moth species

thumbnail outlines of each family group enabling quick identification.

Great book, recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F M SMITH on 6 Nov. 2014
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