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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ideal for purpose
This book is one of three collins GEM books I have bought. All ok for the purpose, would be better if the did a version just for the UK.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far too generally Eurocentric to be of great use
All too many times one reads 'except British Isles'. I would have thought that the handiest and cheapest guide to insects in English published for the British market would have concentrated a bit more on Britain, no matter how much Collins wanted to include a picture of a praying mantis. A book with this much scope needs to be larger, a book this small needs to be more...
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too generally Eurocentric to be of great use, 2 April 2007
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All too many times one reads 'except British Isles'. I would have thought that the handiest and cheapest guide to insects in English published for the British market would have concentrated a bit more on Britain, no matter how much Collins wanted to include a picture of a praying mantis. A book with this much scope needs to be larger, a book this small needs to be more specific.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ideal for purpose, 10 Oct 2011
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This book is one of three collins GEM books I have bought. All ok for the purpose, would be better if the did a version just for the UK.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide, 14 Aug 2006
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Badman (Leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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No butterflies or moths but there is a separate guide available to cover those groups. This seems a reasonable decision when publishing in a pocket-sized format as a combined guide would mean that only half the number of species could be covered.

The information in the guide is clear and concise with good quality photographs for every entry. There are also illustrations on many entries that clarify those anatomical differences important for identification of the species or sex.

A fascinating guide that's been invavluable for me in my new found hobby of macro insect photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, but not the best for UK identification, 10 Aug 2009
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Rob (North West (UK)) - See all my reviews
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This is a nice little book, but is not the best for identification of UK insects as it could be more comprehensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars user friendly guide, 26 Sep 2012
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Collins Gem guides make identification simple. This one is colourful and comprehensive. The only criticism is that butterflies aren't included. Presumably they have their own guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beginners guide, 8 Sep 2010
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This little book is, well, very little so fits in your pocket on a walk quite nicely. It gives a very basic guide to the more common insects, their size, habitat, range, season you can find them and similar species. It has a very simple key to follow and gives the scientific order that each insect belongs to. The pictures are also very colourful and easy to use to identify insects by site.

This book is for the complete novice and is not for the more serious entomologist. I bought it as an introduction but I'm now in need of an upgrade but it certainly got me interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 5 Jun 2014
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great pocket book for all the family a nice easy read and page by page look at bugs, beetles and all sorts. thanks for this lovely item.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for walks, 28 April 2014
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nice pocket sized book, good for the kids to use when out & about & delivered fast, will look for more similar books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, 4 Sep 2013
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These series are always little 'gems.' Ideal for reference purposes and expanding ones knowledge base plus handy for the pocket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insects Collins Gem, 7 May 2013
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Even in these days of internet access a book about insects is refreshing. In your pocket it is there to check straight away and compare with your latest discovery.
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