Concise Butterfly and Moth Guide (The Wildlife Trusts)
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This beautifully illustrated mini field guide is packed with information on the butterflies and moths of Britain and the near Continent.
It covers more than 150 species, all of which are illustrated with superb full-colour artworks that show – where relevant – variations in colour, for example for male and female butterflies, as well as some of the most spectacular caterpillars.
A concise written account covering size, description, habitat, flight times, distribution, foodplants and habits appears on the same page.
The easy-to-follow layouts and superb artworks aid quick and accurate identification, and make this book an indispensable reference in the field as well as at home. It is compact enough to fit in the pocket, yet packed with essential information for the nature enthusiast.
Britain. FOOD AND HABITS Flies June. Eggs laid in flight. Larvae ingest grasses and herbaceous plants, feeding below ground on roots. May take two years to reach pupation stage, which occurs in May. Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus SIZE AND DESCRIPTION Forewing 16mm. Brown wings with white marks. Very short antennae. Wings are held tightly to the body when at rest. White or creamy larva is about 35mm long with a brown head. HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION Arable land, gardens, parks and grassland
yellow. Hindwings are pale yellow. Rests with nearly flat wings. Hairy grey larva has black lines on its back and red lines on its sides. HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION Hedges, woods and orchards across Europe. FOOD AND HABITS Flies June–August. Larvae eat lichen. Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria SIZE AND DESCRIPTION Forewing 28mm. Upperside has pied chocolate-brown and creamy white forewing, and bright orange hindwing with chocolate-brown blotchy spots. Thorax is brown with yellow sides,
spectacular of which occur in Central America. The single European species – the Duke of Burgundy – is one of the least striking members of the family. Nymphalidae/Emperors, Vanessids & Fritillaries This large family contains some of the biggest and gaudiest butterflies in the world, in Europe including the Peacock, Red Admiral and Purple Emperor, as well as the somewhat less spectacular fritillaries. A characteristic of adults of these butterflies is that the first pair of legs is vestigial,
family, which contains nearly a third of European butterflies, are brown or yellowish-orange; the exception is the Marbled White, which is more like members of the Pieridae. Butterflies in this group include browns, graylings, ringlets, woods and walls. They are medium or small in size, with small eyespots at the outer margins of the wings. The larvae typically taper towards the tail, and are often striped from head to tail, with colouration that matches the grasses on which they feed. MOTHS
brood a year in Britain, 1–3 broods elsewhere. Larvae feed on vetches and related plants. Bath White Pontia daplidice SIZE AND DESCRIPTION Forewing 22mm. Upperside is white with dark grey/black markings to the tip of the forewing; hindwing is greyer. Underside has grey-green markings. Female has larger markings on the forewing than male, and a dark spot on the underside of the forewing. Larva is greenish with three yellow stripes. HABITAT AND DESCRIPTION Lowlands at up to 1,800m, on rough