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Essential guide to the specialist literature for the identification of British insects and arachnids.
This fun, photo-filled, fact-packed guide will get kids outdoors to discover the different types of bugs around them. From dragonflies and damselflies to crickets and grasshoppers, kids will learn all about different insects, invasive species, arthropods, bites, stings and metamorphoses in this brilliant book of bugs. With tons of info on flies, beetles, bumblebees and butterflies, it's the perfect companion for the garden, day trips, camping or holidays. Durable and portable, it's just right to fit into a pocket or backpack.
PREFACE. IF A BOOK entitled Insects at Home I have described and figured the most conspicuous examples of every order of British Insects. That book is necessarily a work of some dimensions, and occupies nearly seven hundred pages. It has been suggested that as more interest is generally taken in the Beetles, the Butterflies, and Moths, than in the other orders, it would be as well to publish an abridged account of those orders. This has been done, and the reader will find embodied in the present work some of the more important discoveries which havc been made since Insects at Home was originally published. THERE is scarcely a branch of science, however interesting it may be, which does not at first repel the intending student by the array of strange words with which the treasures of knowledge are surrounded. This is especially the case in Botany and Zoology, which contain, in addition to the usual technical language, vast numbers of names belonging to various plants or animals, each name consisting of two words, one denoting the gcnus and the other the species. In thc follorving pages I intend to describe, as far as possible within so limited a space, thc butterflies moths, and beetles of Great Britain, and, though giving the needful scientific information, to use few technical terms, and alrvays to explain those which of necessity must be employed. OUR first business is evidently, when treating of these insects, to define precisely what an insect is, This seems to be a simple matter enough but it really is not so, the question being one which has occupied systematic zoologists for many years, and which is even now rathcr a dubious one in several cases. The word insect is, as a rule, employed very loosely by those who have not studied the subjcct. Spiders, for example, are generally called insects, and so are woodlice, centipedes, and a variety of other creatures which have really no right -whatever to the title...
The Royal Entomological Society (RES) and Wiley-Blackwell are proud to present this landmark publication, celebrating the wonderful diversity of the insects of the British Isles, and the work of the RES (founded 1833). This book is the only modern systematic account of all 558 families of British insects, covering not just the large and familiar groups that are included in popular books, but even the smallest and least known. It is beautifully illustrated throughout in full colour with photographs by experienced wildlife photographers to show the range of diversity, both morphological and behavioural, among the 24,000 species. All of the 6,000 genera of British insects are listed and indexed, along with all the family names and higher groups. There is a summary of the classification, biology and economic importance of each family together with further references for detailed identification. All species currently subject to legal protection in the United Kingdom are also listed. The Royal Entomological Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious of its kind in the world. It is the leading organisation for professional entomologists and its main aim has always been the promotion of knowledge about insects. The RES began its famous Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects in 1949, and new works in that series continue to be published. The Royal Entomological Society Book of British Insects has been produced to demonstrate the on-going commitment of the RES to educate and encourage each generation to study these fascinating creatures. This is a key reference work for serious students of entomology and amateur entomologists, as well as for professionals who need a comprehensive source of information about the insect groups of the British Isles they may be less familiar with.

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