new moth books

Tony Thomas mothman at
Thu Nov 20 10:17:42 EST 2003


	On a recent trip to the UK I purchased 3 mew books on moths that I thought 
might be of interest to some on this list.

1] Waring, P and M. Townsend. 2003.
	Field guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland. 432 pp. British 
Wildlife Publishing.
	This book differs from most moth books in that it depicts all the British 
species "in their normal resting positions because the emphasis is on 
identifying live moths." The moths are paintings by Richard Lewington. 
There are also several coloured photos of caterpillars.
	This book could serve as a model for the next NA moth book, but I would 
prefer to see coloured photos of living moths rather than paintings.

2] Hooper, J. 2003.
	Of moths and men. 375pp. Fourth Estate.
	A "must read" for anyone interested in the controversy centering around 
the peppered moth (Biston betularia) and the Oxford School of Ecological 
Genetics. The author also includes research conducted by NA scientists.

3] Majerus, M.E, N. 2002.
	Moths. 310pp. HarperCollins Publishers.
	This book is in the New Naturalist Series and comes nearly half a century 
after E.B. Ford's classic New Naturalist book "Moths".
	Majerus is an ecological geneticist at Cambridge University and a lifetime 
collector of moths. The author stresses that his book is neither a revision 
nor an updating of Ford's classic. It is a book on the natural history of 
moths, dealing with their behavoiur, ecology and evolution. It also 
includes a whole chapter on melanism on moths that ties in nicely with 
Hooper's book.



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