Britain's Hoverflies is a beautifully illustrated photographic field guide to all the genera of hoverflies found in Britain, focusing on the species that can be most readily identified. Designed to be accessible and to appeal to a wide audience, the book contains more than 500 remarkable photographs of the various life stages of 165 species, including at least one representative from each of the 70 British genera. Easy-to-use species accounts summarize the species' status, highlight the key identification features, provide notes on behaviour and habitat requirements, and contain a distribution map and phenology chart. The book contains a guide to the hoverfly tribes, and introductory chapters examine hoverfly biology, and where and when to look for hoverflies.
This field guide is the perfect companion for wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists, and anyone with an interest in this fascinating group of insects.
- More than 500 remarkable photographs.
- Covers 165 species that can be identified by eye or with a magnifying glass, including at least one representative from each of the 70 British genera.
- Species accounts highlight the key identification features of each genus and species, and provide information on status, behaviour, and habitat requirements.
- Maps and charts show the distribution of each species and their flight periods.
- A guide to hoverfly tribes provides an aid to identification.
- Introductory chapters explore hoverfly biology and where and when to look for them.
- A complete list of the 281 hoverfly species recorded in Britain to date, with an indication for each of the degree of identification difficulty.
Since 1991, Stuart Ball and Roger Morris have jointly run the Hoverfly Recording Scheme. They are the coauthors of Provisional Atlas of British Hoverflies and active members of the Dipterists Forum (the society promoting the study of flies).
"Covering those species most likely to be seen means as an introduction this book will be a great starting point, the photographs are great at helping you achieve your identification goals and the short descriptive accompanying text will help even more if you need to compare other species."--Ashley Boelens, Fat photographer
"[W]onderfully informative. . . . [T]he book is billed on the front cover as An introduction to the Hoverflies of Britain. But it's rather better than a simple introduction--in fact it is quite complete, covering each of the 70 genera to occur in Britain and 165 of the commoner species that one is likely to find within our shores, giving the prospective reader more than enough material to go at and thus proving quite brilliant for the mere mortals of hoverfly identification such as me. . . . This particular group of insects has been crying out for a modern and comprehensive field guide of high quality for years, and finally it is here. Go and buy it--it's essential!"--Josh Jones, BirdGuides
"The latest field guild from the excellent Wildguides. . . . Beautifully and clearly laid out."--Charlie Moores, Talking Naturally
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