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Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

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By: Phil Sterling (Author), Mark Parsons (Author), Richard Lewington (Illustrator)

416 pages, 1400+ colour photos and colour illustrations, 900 colour distribution maps

British Wildlife Publishing

Paperback | May 2012 | #197196 | ISBN-13: 9780956490216
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Hardback | May 2012 | #197197 | ISBN-13: 9780956490223
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About this book

This ground-breaking book is the most comprehensive field guide to micro-moths ever published and for the first time makes this fascinating and important group of insects accessible to the general naturalist. It describes all the families of micro-moth and covers 1033 species, with more than 1400 superbly detailed artworks and photographs and around 900 specially commissioned maps. Each species description includes field characters, similar species, flight season, habitat, larval foodplant, status and distribution. There is a general introduction to the subject, including field techniques for finding micro-moths and a series of innovative keys. There is also an introduction to dissection techniques, a comprehensive checklist of British and Irish species and a full index. A must for all those interested in moths, as well as naturalists and conservationists.


"[...] So, who will buy this book? In theory, anybody who has an interest in moths should. This was not meant to be the definitive work on the subject, as many standard volumes such as MOGBI (Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Heath and Emmet) have already covered the micros in very great detail. This book surely provides an open gateway into the field to those of us who are fairly accomplished at identifying macros and want to step up to the next rung on the ladder. It will greatly enhance the amount of reference material easily available in one place, and greatly help people (like myself) who have struggled with time-consuming photographic websites, as well as some of the expensive and difficult-to-obtain classic references. Hopefully it will dramatically increase accurate and confident recording across the country thus, in the long term, adding important knowledge to the national database. For those who keep a garden list, just think how many more new species you may now be able to add with the help of this book! It will also be useful to well-weathered micro enthusiasts who merely need a quick refresh after the long winter break from mothing."

- Steve Whitehouse, Thursday 7th June 2012,

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Phil Sterling began his interest in moths before starting school, and developed his passion for micro-moths as a teenager. He holds the degree of MA (Oxon) in Zoology and his DPhil (Oxon) was on the ecology and biological control of the Brown-tail Moth. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and a member of the British Entomological and Natural History Society and British Ecological Society. He has worked in nature conservation research and practice for 30 years and is currently the lead ecological advisor for Dorset County Council. He has written and contributed to many publications, mainly on British micro-moths.

Mark Parsons, born in Eastbourne, Sussex, started recording moths in the long hot summer of 1976. He has a BSc in Biology, is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and is a member of the British Entomological and Natural History Society and the Societas Europae Lepidopterologica. He has worked as an entomologist for the Nature Conservancy Council and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, as well as being a lepidopterist at the Natural History Museum, London. Currently based in Dorset, he has worked for Butterfly Conservation since 1999 overseeing their moth conservation work. He has produced many notes and articles in entomological journals, and authored or co-authored many papers and other publications on Lepidoptera and their conservation.

Over the last 35 years, Richard Lewington has built up a reputation as one of Europe's finest wildlife illustrators. He first became interested in moths and butterflies as a child when he inherited a cabinet of insects from his father. He studied graphic design at the Berkshire College of Art, and since leaving in 1971 has specialised in natural-history illustration. His meticulous paintings of insects and other wildlife are the mainstay of many of the modern classics of field-guide art, including Insects of Britain and Western Europe, Field Guide to Dragonflies of Britain and Europe, Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, Pocket Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland, Guide to Garden Wildlife and the award-winning Butterflies of Britain & Ireland. He was, for many years, the principal artist on the classic multi-volume series The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland. He has also designed and illustrated wildlife stamps for a number of countries.

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