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Insects of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Field / Identification GuideWildlife Guide

By: Steve Jones

104 pages, colour photos

Alison Hodge

Paperback | Jun 2010 | #178923 | ISBN-13: 9780906720745
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About this book

The varied landscapes of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are home to many diverse wildlife habitats. From coastal fringes to moorland peaks; from rivers and streams to woodlands and heaths; from farm land to mining landscapes of the past, even our own domestic gardens--all of these habitats support a fascinating array of insects. This book will allow everyone who enjoys exploring the countryside to identify the most commonly encountered species of insects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, including butterflies and moths; dragonflies and damselflies; grasshoppers and crickets; beetles; bumblebees; wasps; flies; and, bugs. It also provides a guide to some of the best sites for seeing these striking creatures.

Engagingly written, his infectious enthusiasm jumps from the pages. ... Whether you use this book for reference, to thumb through from time to time, or to read straight through, it will transform your view of these diverse creatures.
- Western Morning News, 06.07.10.

"Little gem from the Pocket Cornwall stable"
- Tavistock Times Gazette, 15.07.10

"well-illustrated field guide to the most commonly encounterd insect species in Cornwall and Scilly, which includes a gazetteer to some of the best sites for seeing these striking creatures."
- The Countryman, August 2010

"covers the area specified, and makes it far easier to correctly identify the indistinct flutterers... and their crawling companions. '... useful embellishments, such as ideal places for spotting remarkable specimens and a list of organizations and websites for further investigation."
- My Cornwall, October/November 2010

"excellent photographs and a brief introduction to insects and insect watching... The Odonata are especially well covered... as are the butterflies"
- Atropos, no. 41, Autumn 2010


- Introduction - Insect-watching in the Field - About This Book - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers, Crickets and Relatives - True Bugs - Butterflies - Moths - True Flies - Bees, Wasps, Ants and Relatives - Beetles - Aquatic Insects - Site Gazetteer - Glossary - Index of Insects - Further Reading - Organizations and Websites

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Steve Jones has been fascinated by insects, particularly dragonflies, since childhood. In 1983 he became one of the first members of the fledgling British Dragonfly Society, and for over 20 years has been the county recorder for dragonflies. His illustrations and photographs have appeared in many magazines, including "British Wildlife", "Cornwall Today" and "Studies on Iberian Dragonflies", as well as a number of specialist journals and county dragonfly guides. He is an accomplished photographer in this specialist field, and an active member of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photographic Group.

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