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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding guide, 18 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Britain's Hoverflies: An Introduction to the Hoverflies of Britain (Wildguides) (Paperback)
The introductory sections concerning the structures of hoverflies and what to focus upon when trying to identify them are exceptionally clear. The close-up photographs illustrate the points made very accurately. The correct anatomical names for insect body parts and structures are used with minimal recourse to over-simplification. That is to be applauded as most modern books assume that the reader is ignorant and incapable of coping with zoological terminology (as in the dragonflies book in this series). There is an excellent glossary to help if you are unfamiliar with the terms. I like the fact that scientific names are used and that the temptation to ascribe meaningless vernacular names has been rejected. It is a first-class publication which will enable the enthusiast to make better and more successful use of Stubbs and Falk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good identification guide, 28 July 2013
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As an amateur naturalist I use many books and keys to identify some of the more interesting invertebrates in Britain. Hoverflies are a particularly interesting group with over 280 species, and the authors have provided a very informed insight into these fascinating creatures, their lifecycles and their hidden characteristics. This book will help many enthusiasts like myself to narrow down identities to species level using the excellent photographs and descriptive text.
Derek Bateson
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4.0 out of 5 stars As could as you can have, 11 July 2013
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Hoverflies are never going to be easy, especially if you don't wish to capture them. As someone who tries to ID from my photo's you need several decent shots from different angles to capture the key features often. If you have those the book will work well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Positive review, 28 Jun 2013
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A wonderfully illustrated and comprehensive guide deserving to be a best seller to those who have Natural History as their interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well illustrated, 15 Jun 2013
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The field guide is excellent with clear photographs and descriptions, and the book opens with a very useful introduction to hoverflies. Perfect beginner's guide but also great for anyone who needs a reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoverfly heaven, 3 Jun 2013
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Damn near perfect! Do not hesitate, if you have an interest this is packed with info and written in a clear and concise style which makes it easy to use for identification.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations are superb!, 23 May 2013
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I absolutely love this book, pictures and diagrams are excellent. Well worth it for a beginner or someone with experience but wants extra information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on this subject, 16 May 2013
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This is a great book on hoverflies, easy to use good clear photos and exc description. This is the ideal book to take out into the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great guide book., 24 April 2013
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Why would you want two guide books on hover flies? Because they are really good books. All the info is there and photos work too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book I was waiting for, 11 April 2013
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Britain's hoverflies is a beautiful, beautiful guide and does the near-impossible: it allows you to identify hoverflies from photographs. Experts used to tell me that this is not possible, you need the scientific keys. The authors, 2 of the leading British hoverfly-experts, must have been fully aware of the fact that there are many like me: non-scientists people with an interest in the, often very pretty, hoverflies, who love taking macro pictures of them.
In their introduction they clearly state the limitation of photography versus collecting specimens and what you can and cannot identify in the field. 165 of the 281 British species are described and photographed - the commonor, most widespread ones are all included.
The photographs are absolutely stunning but not only that, the features needed for id are clearly marked in the photographs or in additional close-up details of diagnostic features like hairs on the compound eyes etc.
A real bonus of this book to me is these excellent detail photographs. These features are often just described in text in the 'proper' keys, which often left me wondering whether or not I was looking at the proper body part at all - there's no confusion any more thanks to this guide.
Not withstanding the arguments other reviewers made to buy this book elsewhere, I'm glad Amazon sells it too, it may bring an interest to hoverflies to a much larger public, which they so deserve. And it could yield more much welcome properly identified hoverfly-records.
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