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Moths is an accessible introduction to the stunning diversity, life habits and evolution of moths. This iconic insect group encompasses 128 of the 135 families of the scaly winged insects (Lepidoptera), with some 140,000 known species.
Moths are among the most successful of the Earth’s inhabitants, with an ancient history, some fossils being dated to 190 million years old. This book traces the structure and development of these winged insects and reveals some of their extraordinary adaptations, such as caterpillars that communicate with ants, as well as their ruthless survival tactics – including blood-sucking, feeding on the tears of sleeping birds, and cannibalism of their own mothers. It also exposes their essential roles in ecosystems and manifold interactions with humans.
Often considered denizens of the night, hopelessly allured by lamps and mean to fabrics, the book shines a spotlight on moths, illuminating the bright side of their astonishing diversity.
David Lees is Curator of Microlepidoptera at the Natural History Museum, London. Alberto Zilli is Curator of Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum, London.
"This is designed to be a lavish introduction to the wonderful world of moths and in this it succeeds admirably. [...] I recommend it strongly and will end with a quotation from the authors about their aim, which is achieved effortlessly "Often considered denizens of the night, hopelessly allured by light and voracious destroyers of clothes, the book shines a spotlight on moths, illuminating the bright side of their astonishing diversity"."
– Mark Young, Atropos 65, March 2020