Moths are sometimes overlooked compared to the day-flying butterflies, however, many moths are even more colourful, accessible and fascinating. Britain and Ireland are home to an incredible array of moths, with more than 2,500 species known, and increasing numbers of people have discovered the joy in watching, catching and photographing this diverse group. But, where should you start in being able to identify them?
British Moths: A Gateway Guide is a wonderful introduction to 350 species of the most common and eye-catching adult moths that you may encounter in the UK. Rather than being grouped in taxonomic order, species are organised by season, and similar-looking moths are placed alongside one another for ease of identification. Concise species accounts include information on key features, making it easy to distinguish between confusion species, seasonality, and when and where to see them; each account is also placed alongside photos that have been carefully chosen to aid identification with clearly-marked top tips.
From hawk-moths to tigers and ermines to emeralds, British Moths is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about these beautiful and remarkable insects.
James Lowen is an award-winning travel writer, focusing on nature-orientated travel, and moth fanatic. He deftly treads the line between expert and layman by bringing wildlife alive for the non -specialist. His books for Bloomsbury include RSPB Spotlight: Hedgehogs and RSPB Spotlight: Badgers, and Birds of France. His big hit is 52 Wildlife Weekends (for Bradt), which won Travel Book of the Year in 2016. He is also one of Britain's leading moth-ers, and is the author of Much Ado About Mothing.