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For Serious Naturalists mainly!
on 27 December 2012
This is a good book for anyone seeking to gain a comprehensive overview of British insects to family level, as a basis for progressing to a serious study of selected groups. It is not intended to be an identification guide in itself but is an aid to gaining the level of skills and knowledge needed to make use of specialist identification guides.
I do not think it suitable for anyone with a merely casual interest in insects because it requires a lot of effort to get to grips with the content sufficiently to be able to apply it meaningfully, and the profusion of scientific names can be a real strain on one's memory.
Nevertheless It can be interesting to dip into out of curiosity and find things you never knew existed, often with fascinating lifestyles.
The images are informative and the text very readable, it is the enormity of the subject matter that is difficult to cope with!
Despite the difficulties I am glad I own it, and I have occasionally got near enough to an identification of a specimen to be able to search the web and find out what the species name is.