Concise Butterfly and Moth Guide

Bloomsbury Publishing
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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.
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Endorsed by the Wildlife Trusts.
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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
Oct 2, 2014
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781472915825
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Butterflies & Moths
Nature / Animals / Insects & Spiders
Nature / Animals / Wildlife
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This content is DRM protected.
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