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Enjoying moths
Leverton, Roy.
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Publication Information:
London : T & A D Poyser Natural History, [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 276 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 26 cm
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QL555.G7 L48 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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English lepidopterist Roy Leverton offers a personable treatment of British moths for butterfly and moth enthusiasts, nature lovers, and students. Discusses definitions; physical variations; numbers and distribution; identification; finding moths by day and night; lures and traps; searching for egg

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Everything you wanted to know about moths and, perhaps, a little more! The title, Enjoying Moths, hints at the obvious enthusiasm Leverton shows for his subject. He focuses on the moth fauna of Britain and uses common names (along with scientific names) of British moths, plants, and numerous other organisms throughout. Were this merely an identification guide, its value in the US would be limited mostly to those working in major insect collections, but this is not the case. Much general information is included on life histories, coloration and body form, distribution and abundance, and identification sources. Moth collecting is discussed in somewhat more detail, and information on different types of trapping methods and on finding and rearing larvae is presented. Photography is an excellent alternative to collecting and is discussed in enough detail to get an interested individual started. The book concludes with a discussion of moth conservation. Enjoying Moths will be of value to anyone interested in Lepidoptera, and because of the large amount of general information presented, it will be useful to general readers, undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, or anyone interested in learning more about moths. P. K. Lago University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1 What is a Moth?p. 1
Chapter 2 Colours, patterns and shapesp. 29
Chapter 3 Numbers and distributionp. 64
Chapter 4 Identificationp. 91
Chapter 5 Finding moths by dayp. 105
Chapter 6 Finding moths at nightp. 125
Chapter 7 Lures and trapsp. 139
Chapter 8 Searching for the early stagesp. 159
Chapter 9 Rearing moths in captivityp. 173
Chapter 10 Photography - an alternative to collectingp. 189
Chapter 11 Making a scientific contributionp. 206
Chapter 12 Conserving mothsp. 216
Appendix 1p. 246
Appendix 2p. 250
Appendix 3p. 253
Appendix 4p. 258
Appendix 5p. 261
Referencesp. 264
Indexp. 268