Looking for bugs and beasties in the garden, parks and the countryside? We’ve chosen 4 FSC insect guides featuring over 100 things for you to spot this July and August, from bumblebees to brimstone butterflies and tiger moths to wasp beetles.
The FSC Bees guide features 28 species of bees found in gardens in Britain and Ireland. As well as the ‘Big Six’ bumblebees, the guide includes mining bees, cavity-nesting bees and cuckoo bees. Beautiful colour paintings by Chris Shields highlight key identification features. Silhouettes next to each image show typical life size for each species. The reverse side includes concise identification notes for each species. This text covers key characters to look out for, plus flight period, habitat and range. Also included are useful pointers to help distinguish between similar-looking species. There are over 250 species of bee in Britain and Ireland.
The FSC Butterflies guide features all 60 wild butterflies found in Britain and Ireland. It’s designed for speedy butterfly identification in the field, with beautiful colour life-size paintings of each butterfly by acclaimed artist Richard Lewington. We have shown both upper wings and under wings, so you can identify butterflies in flight and at rest. Similar looking butterflies are close to each other for easy comparison.
FSC Day-flying moths
The FSC Day flying moths guide features 103 species which fly in the daytime in Britain and Ireland. Although most moths fly at night, a good number are active during the day. Warm still days are best. You can see flying moths simply by walking around likely habitats. Resting moths can be found by gently tapping leaves and flowers. We have included a few very common species that are are regularly disturbed from vegetation.
FSC 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. The longhorn beetles are one of Britain’s most spectacular families of insects. Their distinctively long antennae help distinguish the group. Hawthorn, when in blossom between April and June, attracts many species. Later in the summer, hogweed is very attractive to longhorn beetles.