Philip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland Paperback – 14 May 2007
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Comprehensive coverage of every butterfly resident to Britain and Ireland. Fully cross-referenced identification guides, including male and female upper and lower wing with distinguishing annotations. Colour photographs of each species. Superbly rendered colour artwork of the life cycle of each species. Detailed and up-to-date distribution maps. Diagrams show dates of occurrence of all life-cycle stages. Photos and information on the most common day-flying moths.
About the Author
The author, Jeremy A. Thomas, is former Head of Site at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Dorset, and is widely recognized as one the UK's leading experts on butterflies.
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The Philip's guide is the latest version of a book that began life as the RSNC Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland in 1986 and the publication of the current version (in 2007) allowed for extensive revision and updating to reflect changes in the status of the butterflies since the earlier edition as well as the changing state of our knowledge and understanding of their biology.
One of the key differences between the Philip's guide and many of its competitors is the fact that it is restricted to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. This means that it will not be a satisfactory choice for anyone intending to use it on butterfly hunting holidays on the European continent where there are about six or seven times as many species as are found in the British Isles. The benefit gained however is that it allows much more space to be allocated to each species in what remains a slender volume that would not weigh you down on a foray into the field.
Each species is thus accorded a two page spread which provides a much more detailed account than is the case in most field guides. The text, by Jeremy Thomas, is clearly written and provides an informative portrait of each species and its biology. The text is supported by clear diagrams that indicate the typical time of year at which one can expect to encounter each life stage and life cycle drawings that indicate the habitat in which each of the immature life stages occurs as well as indicating what it looks like.Read more ›
'Philips Guide To Butterflies of Britain and Ireland' has secured an indispensable presence in my rucksack alongside the 'RSPB handbook of British birds' and I would not be without it. Butterflies of Britain and Ireland is far superior to my previous butterfly ID book for one main reason:- it only covers the British species and a few rare migrants, and therefore is quite a slim volume but has extensive information about each butterfly (Ident books comprising European species tend to cram everything into a small space, and personally I would only end up using a small portion of such a book).
Thomas writes clearly, providing a wealth of information of each of the 60 different British species covered in this book, and is pitched at just the right level to appeal equally to the reader, be they layman, hobbying naturalist or avid lepidopterist.
The book is divided into numerous parts; the first details general information such as the life-cycle of caterpillars and butterflies and the various different species found in the various habitats. This is followed by a 'quick ID' section comprising illustrations of the butterflies inside wing and also the underwing. These illustrations are provided by foremost insect illlustrator Richard Lewington, and are accompanied by indications of key identifying marks and a page reference to the full description of the species.Read more ›
Wonderful images and from all stages of life with a lot of info jammed in to give you the heads up.
Recommended by the instructors at this price it is a positive must have bargain.
buy it you will have no regrets
I would strongly recommend this for people requiring a field guide or a reference book. The book is easy to read which makes it accessible for beginners, but also contains a lot of excellent detail for the more experienced enthusiasts. The book is a handy size (about 12 cm x 20 cm) to take with you as a field guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent guide. Helpful descriptions, a photo of the butterfly, a diagram showing food plant, caterpillar and cocoon and a map showing distribution and chart showing time of year... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kim
Excellent reference guide exactly what I was looking for, nicely laid out with comprehensive detail of butterflies to be found with each stage explained clearly, small enough to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! It starts with a general info section on butterflies, habitats, spotting tips, etc. Next there are several pages devoted to a quick reference field guide, beautifully... Read morePublished 18 months ago by CatherineB
This lovely Butterfly book has rich illustrations of each butterfly accompanied by comprehensive descriptions. Read morePublished 22 months ago by stiltz