I must get a moth guide. Anyone recommend a good one?
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You will 2 guides and I would recommend
Field Guide to Micro Moths (Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons)
Field Guide to Moths (Paul Waring and Martin Townsend) Revised Edition.
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I will go and check them out. Moths have always seemed a bit hard, but it's only because I've never spent any time on them. Currently learning mosses, so they can't be that bad...
They can't be any harder than mosses, can they ?
I'd suggest you start with the macro moths, they are easier. Three main modern guides.
B Skinner "The Colour identification guide to moths of the British Isles". Probably the best single volume, shows photographs of set specimens in controlled lighting conditions.
P Waring et al "Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland". Another good volume, shows illustrations of moths in their natural resting postures.
C Manley "Moths of Britain and Ireland". Quite popular and covers a (somewhat arbitrary) selection of the micromoths as well. Photographs of moths in their natural posture in natural (or natural seeming) surroundings. The difficulties of photgraphing live specimens consistently I think makes this a useful supplementary guide rather than a book to have on its own. Also available in iPhone/Pod/Pad format - http://birdguides.com/estore/p-940-moths-of-britain-and-ireland-app.aspx
The old standard (prior to Skinner) was South 2 volume guide. Thanks to the wonders of the internet now available online at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41782 and http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41920. Copies crop up on second hand book sellers websites and popular web based auction sites quite frequently.
I'll have a browse next time I'm in a decent bookshop, and see which ones take my fancy. It's about time I started looking at insects a bit more closely, I think.
This one is a male by the way. In this species the female has reduced wings and cannot fly. I've added an example of this at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/318541
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