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AIDGAP and guide: Terrestrial invertebrates

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

Terrestrial invertebrates AIDGAP

FSC Terrestrial invertebrates AIDGAP is an identification guide to the larger invertebrates (>2mm length) found on land in Britain and Ireland.

Many identification guides assume that you know which order the invertebrates belong to. But what if you’re not sure whether you have caught a bug or a beetle? A hoverfly or a bee? A harvestman or a spider? The Terrestrial invertebrates AIDGAP fills in the missing gap between popular picture books and difficult-to-use specialist guides.

It is designed for use with living specimens. The author has deliberately avoided characters which require considerable expertise or expensive equipment. Identification uses on external characters which are visible with a hand lens, or a low-power binocular microscope.

Ladybirds fold-out guide

The FSC Ladybirds fold-out guide covers the adults of 26 species in Britain and Ireland.

Beautiful colour paintings by Chris Shields show the key colours and patterns to look out. Accompanying thumbnail illustrations show actual life size.

Ladybirds are beetles. They have their own family within the beetle order. Worldwide there are over 5000 species. Like all beetles, ladybirds have biting mouthparts and hard wing cases. Many ladybirds are predatory. They feed on aphids and scale insects. Others graze mildew, while a couple of species feed on plants. Many ladybirds are widespread and common. During the summer you should be able to make a good list in most gardens, parks and wildlife areas.