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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The moths on the edge of forever, 2 Dec 2010
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This field guide covers all "macro-moths" you are likely to encounter in Great Britain and Ireland, all in all about 900 species.

Each species presentation contains information on field characters, similar species, flight season, life cycle, larval food plants, habitat, status and distribution. Both scientific and vernacular names of the moths are included. Scientific names of the food plants are not given in the main text, but only in the index. This may or may not be annoying to an American visiting Britain with this field guide in his backpack.

The book also includes photos of larvae of many species, although it's not strictly speaking a field guide to such. Consider these photos an unexpected bonus!

The moths on the colour plates are usually illustrated in their natural position, with wings folded. Personally, I'm most fascinated by the English names given to the various moths. There are moths called Chinese Character, Figure of Eighty, Peach Blossom, Maiden's Blush and Mother Shipton. Not to mention Stranger, Exile, The Uncertain, Cousin German and Chimney Sweeper. But the most priceless moth name must be Setaceous Hebrew Character!

These truly are the moths on the edge of forever.

And remember: a moth is essentially nothing more than a nocturnal butterfly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Oct 2014
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The best UK Guide for moths going!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Sep 2014
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a new bible for moth fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars The basic bible for identifying moths, 21 May 2009
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Dave Smith (Broadstairs, Kent GB) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (Paperback)
I was recommende this book while at a Moth workshop recently and can see why it is the amateur Moth enthusiast's bible when identifying. An excellent field guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Nov 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant field guide, 24 Nov 2009
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I first used this book for identification during dissertation writing. It is the best book for moth identification that I have encountered (and my lecturers have encountered) and is great because it shows moths in their actual resting positions unlike most, making identification of the real live thing much easier. Arrived promptly and in brand new condition. If you're into moths you have to have it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is indispensable, 25 Jun 2010
Worth every penny if you want to get more into identifying moths. This book has made learning and identifying moths a pleasure where others have made it a chore. Do not bother with any other text. The plates are excellant and show the moths how you will see them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good!, 2 July 2010
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No problem, I received in due time the field book and in very good state - new.
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