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AIDGAP and guide: Beetles

Special offer for June 2021: an AIDGAP plus a fold-out guide for £10.

Beetles AIDGAP

FSC Beetles AIDGAP is an identification guide to the families of beetles (Coleoptera and Strepsiptera) in Britain and Ireland.

Beetles are a large and complex group of insects. Comprehensive identification guides can seem daunting. So AIDGAP Beetles offers a more gentle way in.

Designed for use with unprepared specimens at low magnification, this guide enables non-specialists to identify all the families of British and Irish beetles. The author has avoided complex terminology, obscure characters and the need for expensive equipment. In addition to the keys, there are concise ecological notes for each beetle family.

Longhorn beetles

Covering 42 British species, the FSC Longhorn beetles fold-out guide is the first popular field guide for many years to these large and colourful insects.

Beautiful colour paintings by acclaimed artist Richard Lewington show the key markings and body shape of each species. Text on the reverse side includes a comprehensive identification table, covering the status, distribution, habitat and size of the 42 longhorn beetles in the guide.

Almost all longhorn beetles can be identified from live insects in the field. Most don’t even need a hand lens. Many longhorn beetles emerge as adults between May and August. Hawthorn, when in blossom between April and June, attracts many species. Later in the summer, hogweed is very attractive to longhorn beetles. Flower-rich hedgerows, especially when close to woodland, can be a great place to hunt for longhorns!