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The following titles are particularly recommended for those looking to learn more about moths. It is by no
means a comprehensive list and there are many other useful titles. Titles may be purchased from Atropos Books by clicking on the link.

People developing an interest in moths usually begin with the macro-moths, as they are generally easier to identify. From there the usual progression is to pyralid moths, a particularly distinctive group of micro-moths. Graduation to some of the more difficult micro-moth groups may then take place.

Bats of Britain, Europe and North-west Africa
By C. Dietz, O. von Helversen and D. Nill. 2009
A&C Black. Hardback 400pp, colour images throughout.

This comprehensive and superbly illustrated handbook presents for the first time all 51 bat species that occur across Europe and Northwest Africa, taking in to account recent taxonomic advances and new species descriptions from over the last few years. Extensive introductory chapters reveal the remarkable biology of bats and explore the latest findings in bat evolution and echolocation. The in-depth species accounts cover life history, conservation status and identification.

Colour Identification Guide to the Moths of the British Isles
By Bernard Skinner. 2009 (third edition).
Apollo Books. Hardback 320pp 50 col. plates, 57 text figures.

With additional and updated text, the third edition of the classic guide to British macro-lepidoptera contains two new plates of additional species, plus a further group of colour plates comparing critical species to aid identification. This new edition will bring to both the new and experienced student of the group the latest overview of current status of resident, immigrant and historical records.

British Moths and Butterflies: a Photographic Guide
By C.Manley. 2008. A&C Black.
A&C Black. Softback. 352 pp., over 1200 photos.
Special Offer £22.00 (Usual price £24.99)

Packed with more than 2000 colour photographs, this new book is the perfect guide
to Britain's moths and butterflies. Its coverage is broad, including all of the 800 or so macro-moths and many of the micros, all the British butterflies, and some
300 caterpillars.

Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
By Paul Waring, Martin Townsend & Richard Lewington. 2003.
British Wildlife Publishing. Hardback and softback. 432pp. inc. colour pages.
£40 (hardback) and £26 (softback).

This second edition of the popular field guide illustrates moths in their natural resting positions using Richard Lewington’s artwork. Details almost every macro-moth known to have occurred in Great Britain and Ireland. Includes information on field characters, similar species, flight season, lifecycle, larval foodplants, habitat, status and distribution. Whether you prefer this book to Skinner (1998) will largely depend on whether you prefer artwork over photographs and set specimens over natural resting positions.

Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
By M Townsend & P Waring. 2007.
British Wildlife Publishing. Spiralbound 160pp, col illus.

Nearly all the resident and migrant British and Irish species of macro-moths have been illustrated and described in this portable guide. Concise field descriptions written by leading moth experts Paul Waring and Martin Townsend feature opposite colour plates illustrated by Richard Lewington. The superb artwork shows moths in their natural resting postures.

Guide to Moth-traps and their Use
By Paul Waring. 2001 (second edition).
AES Publications. Softback. 68pp. Numerous black and white illustrations.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of moth-traps,
different types of trap, how to make a trap, why moths are attracted to light, etc.


Enjoying Moths
By Roy Leverton. 2001.
Poyser Natural History. Hardback. 276pp., colour illustrations throughout.
special offer (normally £32.50)

A fascinating and highly readable account of moths and their study. Chapters include what is a moth, numbers and distribution, identification, finding moths by day and night, lures and traps, photography, conserving moths and making a scientific contribution. Illustrated throughout by Roy Leverton’s outstanding photographs.

British Pyralid Moths
By Barry Goater. 1998.
Harley Books. Hardback. 175pp., 8 colour plates.

Usually the first introduction to the world of micro-moths this compact volume will allow identification of the pyralid moths—sure to be represented in everyone’s garden.


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