The clearest and sharpest recognition guide to over 500 butterfly and moth species from around the world.
Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make this the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to the butterflies and moths of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-colour photographs of over 500 species, this handy reference book is designed to cut through the process of identification and help you to recognize a species quickly and easily.
Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the characteristics and distinguishing features of each butterfly or moth, while also providing at-a-glance facts for quick reference. The introduction explains the difference between butterflies and moths, details the life cycle from egg to adult, rearing your own specimens, and offers guidance for finding and observing live specimens in the wild. A concise glossary defines technical and scientific terms. Compact enough to take out into the field, DK Handbook: Butterflies & Moths makes identifying these beautiful insects easier than ever before.
David Carter was an entomologist at the Natural History Museum, London, where he specialized in Lepidoptera for more than forty years and managed part of the vast National Collection of World Insects. He has written a number of books and technical manuals and has contributed to many scientific papers in collaboration with specialists throughout the world. He is now retired and living in Northumberland where he enjoys studying and photographing insects in his own garden.