phildean's picture

ID book on coleoptera

I haven't yet managed to find a fairly comprehensive guide book to UK beetles. Clearly I don't expect all species but a guide would be useful if it goes at least to families and then gives typical species as examples.

I already have "A Field Guide to the Insects of Britain and Northern Europe" and "Complete British Insects" both by Michael Chinery.

Any thoughts or suggestions anybody?

Rgds
Phil

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JohnColdwell's picture

Harde, K W (1999) A field

Harde, K W (1999) A field guide in colour to Beetles, Blitz Editions

Excellent, if you can find it.

phildean's picture

Thx John. I see that it's

Thx John. I see that it's out of print but Amazon have a second hand copy at £120 and also the 1998 version at £54. I may be tempted by the latter but the former is rather too much.
Rgds
Phil

JohnColdwell's picture

I didn't realise it was so

I didn't realise it was so expensive.
Have you tried abe.com?

Matt Smith's picture

Price

What a price - when I bought my softback reprint copy it was remaindered at £ 3.95 a few years back. It's certainly not worth more than a tenner for what you get.

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phildean's picture

Thx for your advice. I'll

Thx for your advice. I'll hold off buying it until I see it cheaper. Abe.com has the original German version for $120 !!!

Matt Smith's picture

books

The Blitz Editions are a reprint of the Octopus Books series, these were hardback and of a larger format thna the "A5" Blitz editions. The ISBN for the original was ISBN 0-7064-1937-5, however these are still selling at silly prices too. It's like someone trying to sell a copy of Chinerys "Insects of Britain and Western Europe" for £ 120, its far too much for essentially a picture book.

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RoyW's picture

Would you be happy with a key?

The Field Study Councils 'Aidgap' publication, "A key to the families of British Beetles" by DM Unwin will get you to family level (although you will generally need to have the beetle with you when you key it out and may need magnification to check small details).
Once you have a family name you can then more easily search online for example species!

phildean's picture

Thx Roy. This could be a

Thx Roy. This could be a good start - and certainly a lot cheaper.

JohnColdwell's picture

Phil, There's a copy for £25

Phil,

There's a copy for £25 in the new C.Arden (bookseller) catalogue. They're based in Hay-on-Wye.

John

KenAustin's picture

Also

Common Ground Beetles in the Naturalists Handbook series (No 8) - these are now being sold off cheaply

If you are willing to pay some £100 then the two volumne Beetles of the British Isles (Warne 1959 Wayside & Woodland Series) by Linssen - search the second hand bookshops (try Abebooks website)

Ken Austin

JohnColdwell's picture

The Ground Beetles book is

The Ground Beetles book is worth having but I've never rated Linssen, despite its current outrageous price,although £100 doesn't seem too bad these days as a purely 'collector's item'.