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Field Guides & Natural History  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)

A Guide to the Pyralid and Crambid Moths of Britain and Ireland

Field / Identification Guide
By: Mark Parsons(Author), Sean Clancy(Author), David Wilson(Photographer)
508 pages, 28 plates with colour photos; colour photos, colour distribution maps
Publisher: Atropos
A Guide to the Pyralid and Crambid Moths of Britain and Ireland
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About this book

Pyralid and crambid moths are amongst the most studied and readily encountered moths in the British Isles, and include some very attractive species. Whilst many are restricted in distribution within the British Isles, others are ubiquitous; they also feature prominently in migration events and occur as imports. This work represents the first comprehensive review of this popular group of moths since Barry Goater’s British Pyralid Moths (Harley Books, 1986) and brings together a wealth of knowledge about identification, distribution, flight periods and life cycle. Despite all that is known, there is much to learn and the early stages of some species have not yet been found.

This book includes specimens and live photos, representing all the pyralid species to have occurred in Britain and Ireland, plus distribution maps. Furthermore, the book contains critical species diagrams and identification pointers.

Contents

Acknowledgements   6

Introduction   9
    Taxonomy of the Pyralidae and Crambidae   9
    How to use this guide   10
    Morphology of pyralid and crambid moths   16
    Finding pyralids and crambids   18
    Conservation   19
    Immigration   20
    Additions to the British list   22
    Further information sources   24
    Bibliography   26
    References and further reading   29
    Checklist of the Pyralidae and Crambidae of Britain and Ireland   31
    
Species accounts   37
    British species   38
    Appendix 1: Adventives, not established   401
    Appendix 2: Doubtfully British / Not British   423
    Appendix 3: Intercepts   427
    Addendum: Stop press   435

Species plates   439

Genitalia figures   461
    Male   462
    Female   471

Appendix 4: Foodplants

Appendix 5: Vernacular names
    Index - Scientific names   502
    Index - Vernacular names   506   

Customer Reviews

Field / Identification Guide
By: Mark Parsons(Author), Sean Clancy(Author), David Wilson(Photographer)
508 pages, 28 plates with colour photos; colour photos, colour distribution maps
Publisher: Atropos
Media reviews

"[...] Previously, the only publication dealing with these moths in Britain was Barry Goater’s 1986 British Pyralid Moths. It is fair to say that a lot has changed since then! They are now regarded as two separate families and an astonishing 40 new species have been added to the British list since Goater’s publication. Consequently, this new guide by Parsons and Clancy is a very welcome addition to the moth-guide literature of Britain and Ireland. The reader will immediately notice that this new hardback guide is a weighty tome, and anyone consequently hoping for detailed, high-quality content will not be disappointed. [...] The authors have taken time to source excellent quality images of each moth, and many accounts also include images of the larva, feeding damage and habitat. For some of the trickier-to-identify species helpful diagrams point to significant identification features, and there are also useful summaries of key characters for the difficult species groups. [...] This is a thoughtfully laid-out guide, full of detail and illustrated with beautiful images – very fitting for these two interesting and varied families of moths."
– David Hill, British Wildlife 35(5), April 2024

"A must have for anyone interested on pyraloids in Ireland, Great Britain and beyond."
– Matthias Nuss, The Pyraloid Planet

"Will undoubtedly be the standard text for these popular moths for decades to come."
– Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation

"Highly recommended."
– Colin W. Plant, Entomologists Record

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