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Disappointing, but still useful,
This review is from: Collins Butterfly Guide: The Most Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe (Hardcover)
Coming at this book as someone who knew very little about butterflies, I thought I'd choose this title as I'm a huge fan of the Collins Bird Guide in the same series.
However, while the information and plates in this book are excellent, it can be a very difficult book to navigate for the beginner, sorted purely by taxonomic order which doesn't always seem obvious to people with limited knowledge, and the keys at the start of the book to aid identification are not the easiest follow.
Perhaps damningly, I still find myself checking my more generalist insect field guides for butterfly IDs.
Another problem is the lack of drawings of caterpilars, which would have been vary useful.
These gripes aside, for someone with more knowledge of butterfly classification, who wants a guide to European species, then this is ideal. However, for my purposes, it was possibly a mistake.