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on 22 December 1998
A very good guide to Insects illustrated with photographs. I find this helps enormously with identification. The only slight drawback is that there aren't enough of them! But the very thought of taking over 700 photographs of insects - as Bob Gibbons has done for this book - is frightening!
There are so many insects in the UK that no one book can ever hope to list them all and still be portable.
If you want to learn to identify insects, this book with its stunningly accurate photographs, is a very good place to begin.
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on 30 May 2016
A quite outstanding book for anyone with an interest in bugs. From stilt bugs and assassins to web spinning spiders its illustrations will prove invaluable to any photographer in the field as will the key, the orders of insects, the advice on insect conservation and the code for insect conservation, serving as an extension to the Royal Photographic Society's nature photographers code.
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on 5 November 2011
This is an excellent book to carry in your pocket while out walking.It is not a specalist book and does not pretend to be but is quite adequate for the person who has a general interest in insects.
The book covers the U.K. and bits of north Europe and Scandinavia.
!000 insects of all groups are described giving a)general description b)habitat c)status and d)season to be seen.
There are good introduction sections dealing with history,ecology,anatomy,physiology,photography etc.
A first class effort.
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on 28 July 2015
The illustrated darker (more orangey ragwort) book cover for the kindle version compares to a lighter (correct more yellowy) cover to the hard copy offered on Amazon. I have a 'dark cover' hard copy bought cheaply off another online selling site. Does print colour inside the two versions follow the cover tone one wonders? For an amateur entomologist (or any entomologist) my version is wholly useless as an identifier of insects. Many of the illustrated insects, originally photographed one assumes from digital photos in the field, supply no help whatsoever in being very poorly transposed to the colour printed page of my book. Perhaps there was a duff print run that found a place on sales book shelves that I have, unfortunately, bought, I thought, at a bargain. There really should be standards in colour printings. Taxonomy and ID of creature books particularly require accuracy in colour and detail. Otherwise, what’s the point? A disgraceful book that should be exposed to "Fahrenheit 451".
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on 28 January 2016
great book; lovely detail
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on 14 May 2014
My mistake downloaded onto a Kindle, I am sure the book would be fabulous if seen in colour. next time I need a colour Kindle
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on 30 May 2015
excellent guide. Very good photographs.
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on 1 December 2014
Excellent. Just what I hoped
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