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5.0 out of 5 stars The number 1 aid to identification of macro moths in the UK.
This second edition of the definitive i.d. guide to the larger moths of the UK remains the 'bible' for the amateur moth enthusiast. With 43 colour plates depicting around 800 moth species including many variations, it combines (almost) all of the species of macro moths into one convenient volume.
Fourteen years have elapsed since the original edition, so it...
Published on 21 Oct 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Still the best, but could have been so much better
In some ways this edition is better than the old: more species, better text, a few old errors cleared up. But in many ways the book has got worse: the reproduction in my copy is worse than in the first edition (they still can't do green); the new species are stuck on the end rather than integrated; and there has been no attempt to make the book easier to use...
Published on 31 Aug 1999


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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still the best, but could have been so much better, 31 Aug 1999
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In some ways this edition is better than the old: more species, better text, a few old errors cleared up. But in many ways the book has got worse: the reproduction in my copy is worse than in the first edition (they still can't do green); the new species are stuck on the end rather than integrated; and there has been no attempt to make the book easier to use. Cross-referring from plates to text is as annoying as ever, and there still isn't any more information alongside the plates; There would have been space to include flight period, food plant and abbreviated range information. But no. This is a case of a publisher taking the easy way out - there's little really to encourage purchasers of the first edition to upgrade.
Skinner's still the best moth field guide for the UK, but looking at other insect field guides - not to mention bird field guides - shows what a wasted opportunity this was.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The number 1 aid to identification of macro moths in the UK., 21 Oct 1998
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This second edition of the definitive i.d. guide to the larger moths of the UK remains the 'bible' for the amateur moth enthusiast. With 43 colour plates depicting around 800 moth species including many variations, it combines (almost) all of the species of macro moths into one convenient volume.
Fourteen years have elapsed since the original edition, so it seems a shame that so little appears to have changed. There is now an extra plate depicting newly discovered species/subspecies, but the original 42 are unchanged.
The text has been updated to reflect new records and range expansion, but little has changed in the text to help identify the difficult species. Very few text figures have been added either.
Although it's nice to see the typographical errors have been fixed from edition 1, it's annoying to see others creeping in (which weren't there originally).
However, despite this, it's still the best book on the subject. Buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third edition and still not got it right!, 14 May 2010
This review is from: Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles: Macrolepidoptera (Hardcover)
This is a lovely book and has many good features but I can't believe that in the third edition of this book they still have to include a small page of stickers to correct errors in both the pictures and text. The problem of linking pictures to text is still the same as ever with the text first and the pictures all at the back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Irreplaceable but room for improvement, 19 Sep 2011
This review is from: Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles: Macrolepidoptera (Hardcover)
This is of course absolutely essential for anyone needing to identify moths. I bought the first ed in 1984 and have used it extensively since. I rate it 5 star and my present rating of 3 star refers to the third ed, which I found disappointing:

The new photos should have been interspersed with the old ones. I know this is a difficult task, but it is possible (I have done such a thing myself) and there is no good excuse not to have done it now. The present format is much less useful than it could have been.

The opportunity should have been taken to increase the hints on distinguishing similar species. There are many cases where a relative beginner could benefit greatly from such help. The space needed would have been far more usefully utilised than by the pointless long lists of occurrences of very rare species, e.g. Dumeril's Rustic, not likely to be seen by anyone who does not live on the south coast. Overall there is too much on occurrences, not enough on characters.

The use of two 30-plus year old references for English and Latin names of plants is beginning to show, and in fact these are not used consistently. There are far more up to date (and complete) botanical references, which should have been used.

And what on earth is the meaning of the oxymoron 'locally widespread'?
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