A new edition of Michael Chinery's bestselling book, regarded as the guide to the insects of Britain and Western Europe.
The introduction explains the scope of the book with a basic survey of classification, anatomy and life-cycles. The key is cross-referenced to the text to enable the reader to place any insect into its correct group. Insects are arranged scientifically, covering all orders found in Europe and all major families.
Illustrations cover the species most likely to be noticed for their size, colour, frequency or association with humans. The text stresses points not obvious from the illustrations, such as behaviour, food or habitat, where useful for identification.