Some essential reading to set you up for Moth Night

A wide range of books and field guides is available from Atropos Books. Covering every aspect of moth identifcation, ecology and behaviour, books are available for beginners and experienced moth recorders alike. Here is a small selection that will help you on Moth Night.


Atropos is the UK journal for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts. It is published four times a year including an annual Migration Review.



Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (2nd edition)

This concise guide is a companion to the main Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by the same expert authors, but is in a condensed form with artwork opposite the species descriptions and lay-flat binding (spiral-bound) for ease of use in the field.

Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths

Around 25 million moth records from Butterfly Conservation’s National Moth Recording Scheme and MothsIreland have been combined to produce this landmark publication – the first ever atlas of all macro-moths in Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.


British Moths: A Photographic Guide (3rd Edition)

This revised and now comprehensive edition is an essential part of the library of any moth- or butterfly enthusiast. This third edition has been significantly expanded so that it includes all species on the British list, approximately 2,500 in total, representing a magnificent achievement by the author, Chris Manley.

Britain’s Day-flying Moths (2nd Edition)

A carefully designed and beautifully illustrated photographic guide to the moths you are most likely to see during the day. This concise photographic field guide helps you to identify the day-flying moths most likely to be seen in Great Britain and Ireland. It combines stunning photographs, clear and authoritative text and an easy-to-use design to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of these intriguing and often colourful insects.


Pug Moths of North West of England

Covers the 43 resident species that occur in North-west England. This will be a handy guide wherever you are in the UK.

Emperors, Admirals and Chimney Sweepers

There has never been an accessible and comprehensive guide to the names of our butterflies and moths, both English and Latin. This beautiful book, written with Peter Marren’s usual wit and insight, takes you on a journey back to a time before the arts and science were divided.


Field Guide to the Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland

This beautifully illustrated field guide covers caterpillars of the moth and butterfly species that are most likely to be encountered in the British Isles.

Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland

This is the most comprehensive field guide to micro-moths ever published and, for the first time, makes this fascinating and important group of insects accessible to the general naturalist. Provides coverage of all the micro-moth families found in Great Britain and Ireland. More than 1,100 superbly detailed artworks by Richard Lewington, including 350 photographs of larvae and their feeding signs.


Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (3rd Edition)

This latest edition of the Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland has been fully revised, updated and restructured, bringing it in line with the latest thinking in taxonomy.


Unlike their gaudy day-flying cousins, moths seem to reside in the shadows as denizens of the night, circling around street lights or caught momentarily in the glare of car headlights on a country lane.


Moths: Their Biology, Diversity and Evolution

Moths is an accessible introduction to the stunning diversity, life habits and evolution of moths. This iconic insect group encompasses 128 of the 135 families of the scaly winged insects (Lepidoptera), with some 140,000 known species.

Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

This field guide contains all the 874 species of macromoth to have occurred naturally in Britain and Ireland.