Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland
Written by Jeremy Thomas/ Illustrated by Richard Lewington
Published 31st May 2007 Price 9.99 Paperback ISBN 978-0-540-08980-2
Written by Jeremy Thomas and illustrated by Richard Lewington, who are among the world’s leading ecologists and illustrators of butterflies and the leaders in their fields in Europe. Philip’s Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland provides essential reference for experienced naturalists and new-comers to butterfly watching and will assist in finding characteristic species in gardens, woods, heaths, moors, grasslands etc…
Probably the most thorough and up-to-date guide available on the subject with comprehensive coverage of every resident butterfly as well as regular migrants to Britain and Ireland. This is perhaps the only guide to show adult butterflies side by side with notes on how to distinguish between confusing species. It also includes the first ever, popular account of the newly discovered Real’s Wood White Butterfly in Ireland and contains an up-to-date account of the Large Blue Butterfly in Britain, a formerly extinct species.
The guide begins with a helpful introduction to butterflies, explaining the differences between butterflies and moths, their life cycle, movement and migration patterns and information on the distribution and habitats of the main family groups. There is also information for gardeners, detailing which plants to grow and when.
Descriptions for all sixty British species comprise detailed identification notes for both adult and young stages, their life cycle, habitat and behaviour, distribution and status – all accompanied with life-cycle artwork (including male and female upper and lower wing) and time charts, a distribution map and a large colour photograph. The guide concludes with illustrations and information on the most common day-flying moths.
Add another dimension to your birding and, in future, contribute to the popular surfbirds insects gallery.