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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.
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on 2 June 2015
This is a magnificent volume. Every family of the vast number of British insects is identified. There are detailed descriptions, clear photos (many taken by the author) and it's couched in plain English. This is a book for the specialist entomologist or for the amateur enthusiast. It bridges the gap between pure scholarship and general interest. If you want to take your study any further there is a comprehensive bibliography with the relative merits of many of the sources given a mention.
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on 5 June 2017
Fantastic a wealth of entomological knowledge, love it!!!!
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on 1 September 2017
Highly technical and overloaded with latin descriptors, needs far more illustrations. You need to have extensive knowledge or some other backup to get much use out of this book.
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on 29 September 2017
Very informative reference book with lots of suggestions for further study. I am still reading through but I am sure I will be referring to it for years to come.
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on 3 February 2016
Very informative
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on 12 August 2015
First class book
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on 7 January 2016
excellent book
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on 12 November 2014
Splendid Photographs and informative texts.
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on 6 July 2016
Informative
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