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Moth Books - thoughts/recommendations (1 Viewer)

Paul Chapman

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Not posted any trap records since 18th September. I will try and play catch up this weekend! Also failed to respond to Andy's post on MOGBI. These are my thoughts on priorities on moth books:-

Top Priorities
Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Waring, Townsend & Lewington
Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Sterling, Parsons & Lewington
Field Guide to Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland - Henwood & Sterling
Atlas of Britain & Ireland's Larger Moths - Randle & Others

Main Supporting Cast
British Pyralid Moths - Barry Goater
British Tortricoid Moths, Vols I & II - Bradley, Tremewan & Smith CD-ROM
British Plume Moths - Hart
Bird-dropping Tortrix Moths of the British Isles - Clifton & Wheeler
Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Clancy, Top-Jensen & Filbiger (hindwings are important & a good text)
British Moths - Manley

Additional Supporting Cast for more detail on other micro families
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 1 (Micropterigidae to Heliozelidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 2 (Cossidae to Heliodinidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 3 (Yponomeutidae to Elachistidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 4 Part 1 (Oecophoridae to Scythrididae, excluding Gelechiidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 4 Part 2 (Gelechiidae)

I would not worry about the other volumes of MOGBI personally as pyralids, plumes, tortices & macros covered well elsewhere. It will be good (eventually) when one of the additional pyralid books appear.

All the best
 
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Andy Adcock

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England
Not posted any trap records since 18th September. I will try and play catch up this weekend! Also failed to respond to Andy's post on MOGBI. These are my thoughts on priorities on moth books:-

Top Priorities
Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Waring, Townsend & Lewington
Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Sterling, Parsons & Lewington
Field Guide to Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland - Henwood & Sterling
Atlas of Britain & Ireland's Larger Moths - Randle & Others

Main Supporting Cast
British Pyralid Moths - Barry Goater
British Tortricoid Moths, Vols I & II - Bradley, Tremewan & Smith CD-ROM
British Plume Moths - Hart
Bird-dropping Tortrix Moths of the British Isles - Clifton & Wheeler
Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Clancy, Top-Jensen & Filbiger (hindwings are important & a good text)
British Moths - Manley

Additional Supporting Cast for more detail on other micro families
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 1 (Micropterigidae to Heliozelidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 2 (Cossidae to Heliodinidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 3 (Yponomeutidae to Elachistidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 4 Part 1 (Oecophoridae to Scythrididae, excluding Gelechiidae)
The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland - Volume 4 Part 2 (Gelechiidae)

I would not worry about the other volumes of MOGBI personally as pyralids, plumes, tortices & macros covered well elsewhere. It will be good (eventually) when one of the additional pyralid books appear.

All the best

Thanks for your thoughts Paul.
 

dantheman

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What about Skinner for Macro moths? - It incudes photos of hindwings of all species, and a lot more variations than W, T and L. (Secondhand of course)


To counter books (and may be worth a separate thread?), is the use of web resources - lots of images of moths out there and some good websites, including specific resources for certain groups?? Presumably not sufficient for in-depth analysis of some groups?
 

Paul Chapman

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What about Skinner for Macro moths? - It incudes photos of hindwings of all species, and a lot more variations than W, T and L. (Secondhand of course)

To counter books (and may be worth a separate thread?), is the use of web resources - lots of images of moths out there and some good websites, including specific resources for certain groups?? Presumably not sufficient for in-depth analysis of some groups?

Yes. Both editions of Skinner on the shelf as well as a number of other texts but for this list, Clancy gives me almost everything in Skinner really. That said, more variations of specimens in Skinner.

Web resources definitely - a few:-

https://ukmoths.org.uk/

https://britishlepidoptera.weebly.com/

https://www.leps.it/

http://www.leafmines.co.uk/

Regional sites:-

https://www.hantsmoths.org.uk/

https://www.norfolkmoths.co.uk/

http://www.somersetmothgroup.org.uk/

http://www.dorsetmothgroup.info/

All the best
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
NorfolkMoths website is particulrly handy as it also has a handy link to other good websites on the bottom right, including others of the above.

In publications, the AES publication: Moth Traps and their Use is an informative background read. https://www.amentsoc.org/about/news/0251/


There are also various groups/accounts on twitter and facebook.

The 'What's Flying Tonight' section (either daily or weekly) from some of the above county sites are a great resource. Some have plenty of images of the relevant species to be encountered too.
 
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