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Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2012
Having had to cancel my order with Amazon due to lack of stock I managed to get this book elsewhere. If you like your moths you'll love this book! It's absolutely packed with information about micro moths and includes photos of leaf miners, case bearers and all sorts with maps for each species distribution in the UK. The whole book (paperback) is about 4 times heavier than the Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland making it less of a 'field guide' and more of a 'leave it on the desk and look later' guide. The drawings are as well done as with the book on macro moths but are obviously smaller even though most are drawn 2.5 times life-size. Recommended for micro-moth-ers everywhere.

EDIT - a word of caution when using the latin names in this book, apparently they have used the new classification names, not yet confirmed, so always check up on the existing name before thinking you might have something nobody recorded before!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2012
I similarly had to cancel with Amazon and get this elsewhere after they instantly ran out of stock on the release date. Once I got my hands on it, I was not disappointed. There are many excellent websites where you can hunt down the micro-moths that come your way, but to have this reference book in your hands with everything under one cover where you can 'compare and contrast' each species is brilliant. The fact that Richard Lewington has done the illustrations is an added bonus and will remove possible areas of confusion usually caused by reference photos taken under different lighting conditions. Indispensible for anyone interested in Moths.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2012
Eagerly awaited and hasn't disappointed this book has rejuvenated my 'mothing' sessions. Whereas previously I would tap the 'little jobs' out of the moth trap, setting them free without a second glance, now I look avidly for the tiny moths lurking last in the bottom! The layout of the illustrations means I am now getting a feel for moth 'families' and becoming at last accustomed to shapes and varieties which lead to a definite identification at the end of the night! A must have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
If you recently like me got into trapping and ID-ing the many moths that abound in the UK and Ireland then this book is a must.
Not content with discarding the many micro moths that lurk at the bottom of the trap, this book clearly provides a guide to the identification of a bewildering array of species. Daunting at first, you will be aided to appreciate the fine diversity of micro moths on your doorstep.
Clear pictures, easy to read text with maps as well as tips and suggestions.
A micro-moth lovers bible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2013
I bought this book around 10 months ago & it is really brilliant. Micro-moths were always very tricky & I often didn't bother to photograph them because they took so long to identify. I now photogragh as many as possible & found numerous ones that are quite rare (authenticated by an expert & displayed on their site). Once I have found the moth I double check it with photos on the internet, but the illustrations really are precise. Lots of useful text with flight periods, habitat etc. Although I live in France the vast majority of micro moths are in here & if not there is a close relative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2013
Richard Lewington has provided Bees in Art with open edition prints of a hornet, honeybees with swarm and bumblebees which can now be purchased. Richard lives and works in Oxfordshire, UK, and is one of Europe's foremost natural history illustrators. Among Richard's achievements are the illustrations for the 'Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland', which includes 1,700 immaculate paintings of British moths. A publication remarkable for presenting each moth in its natural posture as it is seen in the field, at rest with wings folded.

Latterly Richard has written and illustrated the ‘Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland’, which shows the detailed life-cycles of all the British butterflies, and with his artist brother Ian, who illustrated the birds, the 'Guide to Garden Wildlife', which includes 900 illustrations of 500 species, including the ‘big six’ British bumblebees, found in British gardens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2013
Field guide to the Micro-moths of great Britain

This book is superb but a little too large to use as a field guide but excellent value for the money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
The plates in this guide are of very high quality (as expected from Lewington) and the book also contains photographs of some larval forms. The text contains a additional information to help with identification. A perfect companion to Waring and Townsend.
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on 16 September 2013
I have already had the opportunity to use this book when in the UK. The book is very helpful in guiding you to the correct family. The photographs are truly wonderful and both the text and distribution map add to the worth of the book. My only slight initial disappointment was that the hindwings are not shown for most species, but this is compensated by the clear depiction of the moth sitting as it would in nature. The book is quite bulky and I look forward to a future slimmer version which could be taken into the field. However this is an essential book because it comprehensively covers all UK microplepidoptera in a book that is very reasonably priced making it affordable for everyone. Everyone involved in the production of this book should be congratulated on a wonderful and very significant book.
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on 15 November 2014
This is a very good overall guide to the smaller moths. I use it in the field as an aide memoir all the time and it is already getting grubby. My only complaint is the index leaves much to be desired and doesn't have species names, as well as genera, in alphabetical order. The problem is compounded by the fact that many species are in unfamiliar genera and I have to resort to scanning through the illustrations to find quite common species (you can't look up "lacunana"). Others have obviously noted this, since a “Special Index” is available on the Internet to download. Several other recent guides, e.g Waring and Townsend” also don’t have a special index either. Let’s hope a second edition corrects it.
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