Britain’s Insects: A field guide to the insects of Great Britain and Ireland

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Britain’s Insects: A field guide to the insects of Great Britain and Ireland Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press View more from this series: WILDGuides Series Pages: 608 Illustrations and other contents: 1000 Maps Language: English ISBN: 9780691179278 Categories: , , , , Tag:

Britain’s Insects is an innovative, up-to-date, carefully designed and beautifully illustrated field guide to Britain and Ireland’s twenty-five insect orders. It concentrates on popular groups and species that can be identified in the field. Featuring superb photographs of live insects, the guide covers the key aspects of identification and provides information on status, distribution, seasonality, habitat, food plants and behaviour. It also offers insight into the life history of the various insect groups, many of which are truly amazing.

This is the go-to guide for entomologists, naturalists, gardeners, wildlife photographers and anyone else interested in insects, whatever their level of knowledge.

  • More than 2,000 stunning photographs, carefully selected to show key identification features
  • Photo guides to families, genera and species
  • Designed to allow easy, accurate comparison of similar species
  • Up-to-date distribution maps and charts summarizing adult seasonality
  • QR codes that link to sound recordings of grasshoppers and crickets
  • Information on photographing and recording insects to help conservation
Weight1.7 kg


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"Just an amazing book. . . . The most amazing, and probably best, photographic guide there is to Britain's insects."---Kate MacRae, Wildlife Kate "Wild Guides have come out with another gem. This time, there are 1,653 insects for you to enjoy with 1,476 illustrated in full colour. lt covers dragonflies, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and wasps with everything in between. . . . There is even a section on helping you take photos of the species found, hoping that you will be able to match the incredible photos in this book."---John Miles, Birdwatching Magazine "This book has immediately winged its way onto my 'absolute favourites' book list. It's the only one I will need to take with me on holidays and insect-spotting trips and ganders in the countryside. It really is a superb book, and I must say, a tremendous achievement. Heartily recommended!"---Amanda Williams, Buzz About Bees "So cometh the hour, cometh the man. Paul Brock has possibly done more to change how we see, recognise, grasp, understand, and, therefore, care about insects than any one else in Britain. . . . What it does brilliantly . . . is to put at your disposal the most comprehensive single text yet produced for British insects, packed with key up-to-the-minute data and with 2,600 superb images of nearly 1500 species."---Mark Cocker, Through 360 Degrees "This, the latest in the WILDGuides series, is a masterful exercise in clarity, clear design and will get you to the right identification of the species you are looking at. . . . A great achievement."---Mark Avery, Mark Avery blog "A truly outstanding addition to the general naturalist's library . . . . Conservation cannot be driven by ideas alone. It needs people on the ground with knowledge and passion, who see the hidden worlds around them and fight for what they love. Books like this are how such passions begin. . . . The book comes highly recommended by this reviewer. If I lost my copy, I would immediately go out and buy a new one."---Guy Padfield, Dispar: The Online Journal of Lepidoptera "This is a delightful if demanding book, a major work in fact. . . . Britain's Insects will surely become an essential and everyday guide for entomologists, naturalists, gardeners, wildlife photographers and anyone else interested in insects, whatever their level of knowledge. Britain's Insects upholds the superb presentation and finish we have come to expect from the WildGuides series."---Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog "Every UK household should have this to satisfy their own curiosity and make sure the kids get to love insects, as they are essential to like on earth."---Bo Beolens, Fat Birder "It certainly is a very useful tool, and it has an excellent index. . . . All things to all people; it is crammed with snippets of information: life cycles, descriptions, maps, definitions, status, distribution, seasonality, habitat, food plants, behaviour, etc."---Mike Smith, Phasmid Study Group "[Brock's] new guide to Britain and Ireland's insects will surely become the definitive identification volume on the subject."---Eric Brown, News Shopper "A masterpiece field guide 'tome'. . . . A 'must have' for everyone with a general interest in insects and I'm sure it will sneak into the libraries of quite a few seasoned experts too!"---Jim Almond, Shropshire Birder blog

Author Biography

Paul D. Brock is an entomologist and a scientific associate at the Natural History Museum, London. Most at home in the field, he spends much of his time watching and studying insects in great detail in order to learn more about them and to record their behaviour on camera. A renowned author of insect books and a widely published photographer, he is a world authority on stick-insects and leaf-insects, with a genus and several species named after him.