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
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.
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.
I really am impressed with this book. I have learnt much and a new hobby has developed. I also like the WildGuides format and will be looking in to buying several more in the series.
My only complaint is that the season is getting colder and the hoverflies fewer meaning I have to wait until next year for a majority of species - but that is my fault! Bought to answer an identification question in the garden, this book has proven useful already and allowed me to find out about many more species and further afield than simply our hedge boundary.
Exceedingly good and well written/presented. Thank you.
Having taken some macro images of hoverflies recently I decided that I should identify them. I bought this book because it had good reader reviews and I have to say that they were very accurate. To say it is supposed to be an 'introduction' I would think that if you read it you would be able to pass a degree in the subject. The book is well set out with clear diagrams and images. The detail written about each item is comprehensive and overall I have been very impressed. This is a first class book on the subject and the author should be very proud of what he has achieved.
I have not bought books specifically on hoverfly identification before and have relied on what I could glean from more general books on insects. The specifics of identification have proven to be a valuable source for distinguishing one species from another. Yes, the title indicates that it is designed for the less experienced of us, but that is fine by me. I am very pleased to have it as an easy-to-use reference among my library of natural history books and have no problem giving it a five star rating.