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Autumn Insects bundle

The nights may be drawing in, but there are still plenty of insects to see in September and October. We’ve chosen 4 FSC fold-out guides featuring over 100 insects and insect signs for you to spot this autumn, from Adonis’ Ladybird and Oak Apple to Speckled Bush-cricket and Spangle Galls.

FSC Insects of the British Isles

FSC Insects of the British Isles guide is a fast reference to the main insect groups on land and water. The guide was written and illustrated by renowned natural history artist Richard Lewington. Avoiding technical jargon, this guide shows you precisely what to look out for. The insect orders include mayflies, dragonflies, stoneflies, alderflies, snakeflies, scorpionflies and true flies. Plus earwigs, cockroaches, grasshoppers, crickets, bees, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and lacewings. Also included are antlions, silverfish, firebrats, bristletails, thrips, barklice and many others.

FSC Ladybirds

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. The reverse side of the guide includes a ladybird identification table. This table covers the colour pattern, habitat, distribution, status and overwintering site for each species. There are also concise descriptions of the anatomy, life-cycle and diet of ladybirds.

FSC Plant galls

The FSC Plant galls identification guide features colour illustrations for 69 common plant galls. September and October are a great time to hunt for them! Well known plant galls you can find include oak apple, spangle galls, witch’s broom and robin’s pincushion. Plant galls might be found almost anywhere that plants grow. They occur on the stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds and roots of plants. A good list of different plant galls can be made in a domestic garden, particularly where there are mature trees or wild flowers. Oaks and willows are particularly rich in galls.

FSC Grasshoppers and crickets

The FSC Grasshoppers guide features 50 species of grasshoppers, crickets, bush crickets, ground hoppers, cockroaches, earwigs and stick insects. Colour illustrations of each species are grouped to help you distinguish between similar-looking species. On the reverse side there’s a full identification key to living adults, designed for use in the field. You don’t need any special equipment to use this key, although a hand lens is useful. September and October are still warm enough for there to be plenty of these insects to find.