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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
This is a good book for anyone seeking to gain a comprehensive overview of British insects to family level, as a basis for progressing to a serious study of selected groups. It is not intended to be an identification guide in itself but is an aid to gaining the level of skills and knowledge needed to make use of specialist identification guides.
I do not think it suitable for anyone with a merely casual interest in insects because it requires a lot of effort to get to grips with the content sufficiently to be able to apply it meaningfully, and the profusion of scientific names can be a real strain on one's memory.
Nevertheless It can be interesting to dip into out of curiosity and find things you never knew existed, often with fascinating lifestyles.
The images are informative and the text very readable, it is the enormity of the subject matter that is difficult to cope with!
Despite the difficulties I am glad I own it, and I have occasionally got near enough to an identification of a specimen to be able to search the web and find out what the species name is.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2011
Anyone who wants to know more about British insects will need this major reference, as it refers to all the latest literature and websites of note. For each order, there is a note of the number of species and families, useful introductory text and comments on key publications, brief notes on families and listings of British genera. Species with legal protection are listed in a 'Species of Conservation Concern' section. Readers will find the many photographs useful, although some are presumably from slides and lack the detail of some digital images. This is not an identification guide, but a crucial overview for entomologists and is highly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2011
I bought this book as an early Christmas present to myself and I was not disappointed.
To be able to produce a book on all the families and orders of insects found in the UK is no small undertaking. To then make the book both informative and succinct is a triumph for Peter Barnard and his colleagues. The quality of the photographic illustrations is high, providing as much clear detail for identification as could be reasonably demanded. The book does very well, in my opinion, to cover the breadth of the subject without falling into either superficiality or unduly dense scientific detail.
A book for the fascinated amateur and the professional who wishes to find information on a Family outside of their specialism.

JJ
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on 2 June 2015
This is a magnificent volume. Every family of the vast number of British insects is identified. There are detailed descriptions, clear photos (many taken by the author) and it's couched in plain English. This is a book for the specialist entomologist or for the amateur enthusiast. It bridges the gap between pure scholarship and general interest. If you want to take your study any further there is a comprehensive bibliography with the relative merits of many of the sources given a mention.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2011
Alas, this book wasn't what I was lead to believe it to be. It is VERY basic in its descriptions, is minimal on the picture front and is basically just a list of further reading and websites to visit. So disappointing that I'm sending it back. Such a shame considering who publishes this book.
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on 12 August 2015
First class book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2013
this is a very good book of insects with deteails very good hard back and have used it time and time
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2014
Returned as disappointed in the quality as well as the content and seemed overpriced.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2014
Splendid Photographs and informative texts.
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1 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2012
Move over James Bond this is real life. Video the interview video the Atos medical video your mates its all good honest fun.
Even the dogs left at home for a hour or two. Its good to see what they're up to when your not at home!! LOL
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