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Britain's Butterflies: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland

Field / Identification Guide
  • Stunning colour plates show typical views of each butterfly species, including the various forms and aberrations
  • Detailed species profiles cover adult identification; behaviour; habitat requirements; population and conservation; egg, caterpillar and chrysalis; and status and distribution, including up-to-date maps
  • Photographs of egg, caterpillar and chrysalis for every breeding species
  • Sections on biology, where to look for and how to identify butterflies, and other essential information

Series: Britain's Wildlife

By: David E Newland(Author), Robert Still(Author), Andy Swash(Author), David Tomlinson(Author)

240 pages, 600+ colour photos, 10 b/w illustrations, 76 colour distribution maps


Paperback | waterproof PVC cover | Mar 2015 | Edition: 3 | #221077 | ISBN-13: 9780691166438
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £17.95 $24/€20 approx

About this book

Britain's Butterflies is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. Containing hundreds of stunning colour photographs, this revised and updated edition provides the latest information on every species ever recorded. It covers in detail the identification of all 59 butterfly species that breed regularly, as well as four former breeders, 10 rare migrants and one species of unknown status. The easy-to-use format will enable butterfly-watchers – beginners or experts – to identify any species they encounter.

New to this edition:
- Full coverage of two new species – one of which (Scarce Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis xanthomelas) is new since the previous edition. The other (Map, Araschnia levana) is afforded full treatment.
- Updates to reflect taxonomic changes since the previous edition (i.e. recognizing the status of Cryptic Wood White).
- Re-designed pages for the species accounts to better highlight the distribution and key features.
- Updated text on recent records for the rare species and new images of unusual forms for some species.
- Comprehensive coverage of all species of doubtful provenance that could potentially have occurred as a natural vagrant to Britain.
- Photographs of virtually all (only three images missing) the early life stages of the butterflies recorded naturally in Britain and Ireland.
- New section illustrating the foodplants of each of the British butterfly species, listing the species associated with them (an ideal reference for the 'butterfly gardener'). This complements the table that lists the foodplants for each butterfly species.

Praise for the previous edition:

"Undoubtedly this book is one of the best and could be used to help one find and then identify Britain's butterflies with confidence."
– Nick Bowles, Atropos

"What is remarkable about the book is the 81 colour plates where the photographs of adults, eggs, larva and chrysalis are all depicted together on a background of vegetation. This has involved using digital image technology and it is strangely compelling."
– Ray Collier, Highland News Group

"The images in this pocket-sized photo-guide are excellent and include pictures of eggs, chrysalids and caterpillars of all breeding species. Comparing very similar species can be difficult, but computer mock-ups helpfully place specimen in situ. Clear text and page design make the book easy and fun to use."
BBC Wildlife magazine

"British Butterflies has to be one of the best Butterfly ID books I have seen [...] This gorgeous guide will be a perfect gift for the budding wildlife photographer or butterfly lover because of the depth of information. With extra information on where to go to watch or photograph certain species throughout the UK this book is light enough to take anywhere. It has excellent quality glossy pages and I was really surprised to find it has a heavy duty plastic sleeve; perfect for being out and about. Wow what a fantastic book, this is what I've been after for years! All you could want in one beautifully photographed affordable guide book."
Gadget Girl Reviews

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David Newland has been a butterfly enthusiast since boyhood. He is the author of Discover Butterflies in Britain and the coauthor of Britain's Day-flying Moths (both WILDGuides).

Robert Still, the cofounder of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and graphic artist, and has designed more than thirty of its titles.

Andy Swash, the managing director of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and wildlife photographer. Swash and Still are the coauthors of a number of books, including Britain's Habitats, Britain's Dragonflies, Britain's Day-flying Moths and Britain's Sea Mammals (all WILDGuides).

David Tomlinson is a freelance writer on wildlife and the countryside, and first became interested in butterflies as a schoolboy in the early 1960s.

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