Britain’s Butterflies: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland – Fully Revised and Updated Fourth Edition


Britain’s Butterflies: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland – Fully Revised and Updated Fourth Edition Authors: , , , Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press View more from this series: WILDGuides Series
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Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: 600+ color photos. 10 line illus. 76 maps. Language: English ISBN: 9780691205441 Categories: , , , Tags: , ,

A new and improved edition of the popular photographic field guide Britain’s Butterflies is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. Containing hundreds of stunning colour photographs, this extensively revised and updated new edition provides the latest information on every species ever recorded. It covers in detail the identification of all 59 butterfly species that breed regularly, as well as four former breeders, 10 rare migrants and one species of unknown status. The easy-to-use format will enable butterfly watchers-beginners or experts-to identify any species they encounter.

Produced in association with Butterfly Conservation, this edition features new introductory sections on the identification of more difficult groups; revised maps that show the latest distributions recorded by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme; expanded sections on food plants and on recording and monitoring; a new section on climate change; and a revised species order reflecting the latest taxonomy.

  • Stunning colour plates show typical views of each butterfly species, including the various forms and common aberrations
  • Detailed species profiles cover adult identification; behaviour; habitat requirements; population and conservation; egg, caterpillar and chrysalis; and status and distribution, including up-to-date maps
  • Photographs of the egg, caterpillar and chrysalis for every breeding species
  • Sections on biology, where to look for and how to identify butterflies and other essential information
  • Features new to this edition include introductory sections on the identification of difficult groups; the latest species information and distribution maps; expanded sections on food plants and on recording and monitoring; a section on climate change; and a revised species order reflecting the latest taxonomy
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"A brilliant book collection . . . each volume is a colourful, fact-filled introduction to the animals, insects, plants and habitats that makes watching wildlife so fascinating."---Stuart Winter, Sunday Express "I still consider this to be the best photographic field guide available, and highly recommend it."---Pete Eeles, Dispar - The Online Journal of Lepidoptera "If you are a beginner or an experienced butterfly watcher but don’t yet own a copy of this book then now is the time to do so. It is a treasure trove of useful information presented in a range of different formats in order to facilitate rapid access to an identification. Anyone with an interest in the natural world should have at least one edition of this book on their shelves. "---Peter Smithers, Antenna "It is so comprehensive there’s no need to look for any other butterfly ID guide."---Eric Brown, News Shopper "This is a super little book. . . . Set out in an organised, logical and accessible design, and finished to the high quality we expect of Wildguides. Every inch of space is used to advantage so as to educate and inform the reader."---Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog "This field guide is an absolute 'must have' for anyone contemplating a wish to identify and learn more about butterflies. Whether simply observing butterflies in the garden, the countryside, local nature reserves or whilst on holiday, it contains all the information you need when in the field to identify your 'finds'."---Jim Almond, Shropshire Birder blog "An outstanding guide that should be an essential part of any naturalist’s toolkit."---Roy Stewart, British Naturalist’s Association "Anyone even remotely interested in butterflies should have this on their bookshelf or in a rucksack when out and about."---Ray Collier, Highland News "[A] comprehensive and superbly designed photographic guide." * Birdwatch * "I found this to be a fact-filled book, easy to follow and use, with superb colour photographs of both sexes along with when to see them and associated foodplants. The whole book is set out well and I would definitely recommend this 240 page information packed Butterfly book. This is a 'must have' book regardless of whether you are a beginner or expert."---Neville Davies, Gwent Wildlife Trust "A very good pocket guide."---John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History "This is a very accessible and well-written field guide that manages to act as a good introduction to our British butterflies as well as providing a great deal of information for the more experienced lepidopterist."---Andy Chick, Bulletin of the Amateur Entomological Society "A real mine of information. . . . So much is crammed into such a small book, light enough to take into the field, that I thoroughly recommend it."---Adrian Spalding, Entomologist’s Gazette

Author Biography

David Newland, a lifelong butterfly enthusiast, is the author of Discover Butterflies in Britain and the coauthor of Britain's Day-flying Moths (both WILDGuides). Robert Still, the cofounder of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and graphic artist, and has designed more than thirty of its titles. Andy Swash, the managing director of WILDGuides, is an ecologist and wildlife photographer. Swash and Still are coauthors of a number of books, including Britain's Day-flying Moths, Britain's Habitats and Britain's Mammals (all WILDGuides). David Tomlinson is a freelance writer on wildlife and the countryside and a longtime butterfly enthusiast.