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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Editorial Reviews

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"Butterfly transect recorders, general naturalists and seasoned moth recorders will want a copy of this concise guide—a 'must have' for the field naturalist."—Les Hill, Butterfly Magazine

"All in all, this is a useful field guide, and it's produced in association with Butterfly Conservation which has to be a good thing."—UK Safari News

"Indeed this book is a triumph of design. Small enough to carry in the field, it comes with a protective PVC cover and a millimetre rule for field measurements printed in the inside back cover. . . . This is an informative and attractive guide."—Gaynor Chapman, Birding Frontiers

"This book is a must have for anyone interested in photographing and just learning about very visible moths in the daylight hours. Personally I cannot wait to get out and start using this book in the field."—Derek Moore, Derek Bird Brain

"This has to be the best book on moths in the market at this time. . . . It is easy to read for those starting within the hobby or those more advanced that want as much information as possible on moths and different species. . . . This helpful WILDguide will take you through ID-ing your moth to where to find it and what it feeds on, right down to what plants to put in your garden to help with conservation; it has something for everyone at every level of interest. . . . This gorgeous book will make a brilliant gift for any wildlife photographer, insect and wildlife lover, they will appreciate the work that has gone into the making of this comprehensive, stunning book. It has excellent quality glossy pages and I loved that it arrived with a heavy-duty plastic sleeve perfect for out and about. All you could want in one beautifully photographed affordable field guide."—Gadget Girl Reviews

"[T]he book certainly lives up to WILDGuides' own very high standards and is a welcome addition to the lay naturalist's library. It ably demonstrates that the separation of moths and butterflies is an artificial one and will make any outing in the field more enjoyable, particularly for those who focus only on butterflies. We believe that this book will become an essential item in a transect walker's rucksack and will undoubtedly contribute to the awareness and monitoring of day-flying moths. As such, it is highly recommended."—Mike Wall and Peter Eeles, UK Butterflies

"You should add this publication to your bookshelves."—RC, Highland News

"This book would be a useful addition for beginners and intermediate-level lepidopterists to use in the field. It is well presented, in a clear format, and even comes with a protective PVC cover, and at a great price too!"—Jim Wheeler, Norfolk Moths

"[T]his absolutely wonderful guide is bright, beautiful, and—like the UK's day-flying moths—far more interesting than you might first think. Fascinating and extremely important indicators of the health of the environment, day-flying moths are nothing like as different from butterflies as you might think: buy Britain's Day-flying Moths, keep it handy, and watch any prejudices you might have against moths simply dissolve away."—Talking Naturally

"This little book represents an excellent source for identifying the regular day-flying moths. . . . [T]he book can act as a good first port of call when looking for an identification. The short section on micro-moths is also just a taster, which will hopefully lead the reader further into the subject. It is a practical book to take into the field, coming with a waterproof cover . . . it is a bargain introduction to these fascinating insects."—Neil Bowman, Birdwatch
"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

"As is usual with the WildGuides books, this is a well-thought and user-friendly guide. . . . Highly recommended."—BTO-News-online

"A useful addition to our literature, especially for butterfly enthusiasts and recorders."—Adrian Spalding, Entomologist's Gazette

"This book . . . is likely to prove an invaluable field guide for birdwatchers, general naturalists, wildlife photographers and others for whom moths are not the primary interest, as well as for people who simply love moths. It is far and away the best of the books available that I would be likely to recommend to complete beginners and hopefully it will encourage some of its users to look beyond the sunset, join their county moth group and discover the vast wealth of nocturnal species—many of which are just as photogenic!"—Colin W. Plant, London Naturalist

"The book is part of the excellent Wild Guides series, a fabulous series of wildlife guides published by Princeton University Press. . . . Britain's Day Flying Moths is a delight to browse through. The photographs are superb, and the information is very sensibly laid out. . . . [A] very well thought out, exquisitely presented guide . . . it even comes with its own plastic rain-jacket . . . a fantastic addition to any wildlife lover's collection of field guides."—Calvin Jones, Ireland's Wildlife

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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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