Britains Day-flying Moths: A Field Guide to the Day-flying Moths of Britain and Ireland

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This concise photographic field guide will help you identify any of the 100 or so day-flying moths found in Britain and Ireland. Combining stunning photographs, authoritative text, and an easy-to-use design, this book makes a perfect traveling companion—one that will increase your enjoyment of these colorful and intriguing creatures. Like butterflies, some moths fly regularly in sunshine, whereas others that usually fly only at night are readily disturbed from their resting places during the day. This guide ...

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Britain's Day-flying Moths: A Field Guide to the Day-flying Moths of Britain and Ireland

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Overview

This concise photographic field guide will help you identify any of the 100 or so day-flying moths found in Britain and Ireland. Combining stunning photographs, authoritative text, and an easy-to-use design, this book makes a perfect traveling companion—one that will increase your enjoyment of these colorful and intriguing creatures. Like butterflies, some moths fly regularly in sunshine, whereas others that usually fly only at night are readily disturbed from their resting places during the day. This guide describes all of these species, with at least one photograph of each in its natural, resting pose. The text includes a brief description of each moth, with details of its life history, where and when to look for it, its status, the food plants of its caterpillars, and its special features. Introductory sections cover many topics, including how to distinguish moths from butterflies; classification; life cycle and behavior; ecological importance; the impact of habitat and climate change; recording and monitoring; and conservation.

  • Individual accounts for some 100 species
  • Stunning photographs of every moth, as you see them
  • Attractive, easy-to-use, and accessible design
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"The book concludes with extremely comprehensive advice on Conservation, Legislation, Recording and Monitoring and Further Reading which is invaluable. . . . [A]nything which introduces the diurnal butterfly watcher to the wider nocturnal world of the moth enthusiast can only be applauded. It is a well-produced, informative guide, worthy of the series and certainly on this basis this reviewer wishes it every success."—John Phillips, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691158327
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2013
  • Series: Britain's Wildlife
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Newland is the author of "Discover Butterflies in Britain" and the coauthor of "Britain's Butterflies". Robert Still, the cofounder of WILD"Guides", has designed more than thirty of its titles, and is the coauthor of "Britain's Butterflies" and "Britain's Sea Mammals". Andy Swash, the managing director of WILD"Guides", is the coauthor of "Britain's Butterflies" and "Britain's Dragonflies" (all WILD"Guides").

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Table of Contents

Preface 5
The difference between butterflies and moths 6
What is a day-flying moth? 7
Moth biology 8
The naming of moths 10
Identifying moths 12
Where to look for day-flying moths 16
Gardening for moths 21
Glossary 24
Moth families with day-flying species 26
Introduction to the species accounts 27

THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS
Foresters and Burnets (Family: Zygaenidae) 28
Clearwings (Family: Sesiidae) 40
Eggars, Emperor, Kentish Glory and Hook-tips (Families: Lasiocampidae, Saturniidae, Endromidae and Drepanidae) 58
Geometrids (Family: Geometridae) 66
Hawk-moths (Family: Sphingidae) 128
Tussocks, Footmen, Tigers and Ermines (Families: Lymantriidae and Arctiidae) 134
Noctuids (Family: Noctuidae) 148
Micro-moths (a selection of common day-flyers from the families: Incurvariidae, Adelidae, Tineidae, Gracillariidae, Choreutidae, Glyphipterigidae, Yponomeutidae, Plutellidae, Oecophoridae, Tortricidae, Crambidae, Pyralidae and Pterophoridae) 176

List of day-flying moths with summary data showing: habitat preferences, flight season, larval foodplants, and conservation status, BAP listing and legislative protection 202
Conservation and legislation 210
Butterfly and moth conservation 214
Recording and monitoring 214
Further reading 215
Useful websites 217
Acknowledgements and photographic credits 218
Index 221

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