Useful Reading

There are several great books available about moths and their identification.  We have selected our favourites, all of which can be purchased from Atropos Books.  Click on the title of the book for pricing and to purchase.


Atlas of 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. The atlas includes accounts for 866 macro-moth species, each with a distribution map showing current and historical occurrences, trends, status, a phenology chart and colour image. A further 25 species, which were former residents, but have not been recorded from 1970 onwards, have a distribution map.

Brief introductory chapters detail the long-standing tradition of moth recording and the development of the National Moth Recording Scheme, methods used to collect and analyse the data, an overview of trends since the 1970s and the environmental drivers of change in moth populations and distributions.

Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Paul Waring and Martin Townsend, illustrated by Richard Lewington.

The 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. Moths are depicted by over 1,700 illustrations in their natural resting postures, showing the different forms, underwings and other details to help with identification. New descriptions and illustrations have been included for species that have been newly recorded in Britain and Ireland since the last edition of the guide was published. The text descriptions of all other species - covering field characters and similar species, flight season, life cycle, larval foodplants, and habitat - have been revised and updated where necessary, and particular attention has been paid to updating the distribution information, which is now supported by maps. The revised general introduction explains how the methods of identifying and recording moths have evolved over recent years with the advent of new technologies and as a result of data analysis.

Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons, illustrated by Richard Lewington

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. 900 specially commissioned distribution maps. Species descriptions include field characters,similar species, flight season, habitat, larval foodplants, status and distribution. Also features a series of innovative keys to families and genera.

British Moths: A Photographic Guide by Chris Manley

Packed with over 3,200 stunning photographs of 871 species macro-moths and 1,276 of micro-moths, this second edition is the most comprehensive collection of British moths ever published. It provides an invaluable identification tool for experts and amateur naturalists alike. Uniquely all the photographs are of living insects taken in natural conditions. The photographs are accompanied by a concise text that includes wingspan, status and distribution, flight periods, habitats and larval foodplants.