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This easy-to-use, fully comprehensive identification guide to the 159 butterflies found in Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Belgium, Netherlands and the Baltics is perfect for amateur naturalists. As a reviewer pointed out, this number includes all the resident or regular migrant butterflies, and this selection includes almost all the species likely to be seen in Northern France, Germany and Poland.
High-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific name, wingspan, distribution and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers living with butterflies, anatomy, behaviour, enemies and friends, ecology, distribution and conservation.
Ted Benton is professor emeritus in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. His academic work has focused on integrating environmental issues into social scientific theory, and he is a long-time environmental activist. Since childhood he has been a field-naturalist, with a strong interest in insects. He has travelled throughout Europe over the past 35 years studying and photographing butterflies in their natural habitats. In addition to his academic publications he has authored or co-authored seven books on natural history, including two award-winning volumes in the New Naturalist series (Bumblebees  and Grasshoppers and Crickets ). His photographs of European butterflies have appeared in numerous publications, and he is author (with artist Tim Bernhard) of The Easy Butterfly Guide (Aurum, 2006).
Review of the first edition:
"[...] Practically all of the species that occur in London and Britain are covered. This book is a useful addition to those with an interest in the butterflies of Britain, northern Europe and of Europe in general."
– Leslie Williams, The London Naturalist 97, 2018