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Insects of the British Isles guide

Written and illustrated by renowned natural history artist Richard Lewington, the FSC Insects of the British Isles guide is a fast reference guide to the main insect groups on land and water.

Avoiding technical jargon, this chart shows you precisely what to look out for. The 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.

Insects are the most successful animals on earth. They live virtually everywhere, from the highest mountains to the hottest deserts. More than a million insect species have been described worldwide, and possibly more than five times that number are still waiting for discovery. We know there are around 24,000 insect species in Britain, and there are probably many more. Insects perform many essential roles. These include recycling organic matter, pollinating plants and in providing food for countless other invertebrates and vertebrates.