This wonderful book is a major breakthrough in the accessibility of microlepidoptera to the ever-growing group of moth enthusiasts and recorders. It brings together for the first time the vast majority of British micro-moths in one convenient volume.
Previously, anyone interested in this fascinating subject either had to invest in an expensive library of hard-to find or out of print books, or spend hours browsing through websites like this one to have a chance of identifying many of the smaller moths turning up in their chosen recording area.
Illustrated by Richard Lewington's suberbly detailed paintings, showing the moths in their normal resting positions, this is a great way for the still learning enthusiast to at least get to the right family. Many micros are in fact easily identifiable down to species by appearance alone and this book undoubtedly helps a great deal.
Of course, it would be impractical to show every single species and variation, but the vast majority of the most-likely encountered ones are featured, and combined with online and other resources, it will definitely get you into this group if you aren't already hooked!
As well as Richard Lewington's excellent plates, there are hundreds of photographs of larvae, leaf-mines, and other feeding signs, guiding you towards another great way to record some of these intriguing creatures. Often, the adult moths can be hard to identify (or find), but the indications they leave behind on the foliage can be diagnostic, even down to species level.
Over 1000 species are covered, with a useful key to families, and chapters on identifying, studying and recording. There's even a short guide to other insects that resemble micro-moths, something that catches everyone out when they're starting out.
Overall, an essential reference for all moth enthusiasts everywhere.