(to buy online)
Here are some butterfly and moth books I recommend and which may be
bought online. I get a small commission for any Amazon books bought via
this site but you do not pay more for this! Some of the links below
connect you to other bookstores. CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF THE BOOK TO
BUY IT (but note - the links to American books take you to Amazon US).
4 of Patrice Leraut's 5-volume, definitive series MOTHS OF EUROPE
is now out. This volume completes coverage of the Pyralids.
the previous volumes, this one is superbly illustrated and contains
excellent text and maps for each species. Highly recommended for
moth-lovers. It can be ordered through the NapEditions website, HERE
JASON SARGERSON, a butterfly
enthusiast whom I have met in Switzerland a few times, has put together
a booklet about Swiss butterflies which should whet the appetite of
anyone planning a trip out here. It contains a lot of useful and well
laid-out information on habitats and species, illustrated with 100
photos of butterflies and plenty more of their habitats.
(click to enlarge)
If you would like a copy, it costs £10 inc. p&p (to UK addresses
- £13 to European addresses) and can be obtained directly from Jason Sargerson. Alternatively, it can be purchased from Schuler Bücher in Chur, for CHF 15.
Schuler Bücher, Bahnhofplatz 3,
Tel: +41 (0) 81 253 11
E mail: email@example.com
This next one is not actually a book but a set of two DVDs. In July
Paul Wetton visited Switzerland and recorded over one hundred species
of our finest Alpine butterflies in glorious technicolour! The result
is not just a wonderful romp through the Swiss mountains but a far
better guide to identifying these species than you can possibly get
from a book. Just click on the picture below to be taken to his pages.
VOLUME III of the 5 volume series MOTHS
OF EUROPE is now out! RECOMMENDED!
I of this amazing and much needed series covers Saturnidae to Arctidae,
Volume II provides the first comprehensive treatment of all the
European Geometridae and this third volume contains the Zygaenids
(day-flying moths that attract the attention of many butterfly lovers)
and some of the Pyralids.
The publishers write:
It is a great pleasure to announce the
coming out of our new book:
Moths of Europe Volume 3 (Zygaenids, Pyralids 1)
Public price €86
Volume 3 of a series which covers most of the moths of Europe.
*This guide deals with zygaenids (Zygaenidae), Brachodidae and Pyralids
*Precise descriptions of each species with information on their biology.
112 colour plates, more than 1000 species, 2300 colour illustrations,
200 line drawings.
*Available in English and French versions.
You can buy this new volume and the previous volumes HERE
. French and
English versions are available.
The next two books here, both of which came out in 2011, are excellent
additions to the butterfly fanatic's library.
544pp, pbk, 160x230mm
new, comprehensive reference guide covering the 700 or so species found
in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Eastern
More information and
sample pages of this stunning new book can be found HERE
For the beginner, this is not so much a field guide as an amazing
reference book to use in conjunction with a field guide. The
information is well researched and up to date and the collection
specimens illustrate all subspecies and major forms.
At present it can be obtained by contacting the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
The price is €85 + p&p.
NEW BUTTERFLY FIELDGUIDE!! ***
OF BRITAIN AND EUROPE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE
Kimmo Saarinen, Pekka Ojalainen & Hannu Aarnio
is a truly excellent new field guide, covering all European
butterflies, incorporating bang up-to-date information and including
excellent hints for field identification. At the price it is very
difficult to think of a reason not to buy it!
authoritative Guide covers all European species.
Showcasing the stunning macro photography of the authors and many
experts, this is
a photographic field
guide of both detailed
information and visual elegance. The text
provides essential clues for identification, confusion
species, habitats, lifestyles and larval host plants, accompanied
by range maps. The photographs have
been carefully selected to allow identification in the field. This
comprehensive Guide is the ideal companion
for anyone interested in European butterflies.
authors are a team of dedicated Finnish naturalists, who have travelled
and breadth of Europe to study butterflies. Having already
books on butterflies in Finnish, this is their first
Date: May 2011
Publication - Moths of Europe Vol. 1 (of 3)
French and English versions.
covered in Vol. 1.
presents to you the work of editing and illustration on the Moths of
realised by Patrice Leraut. Recognised as an uncontested specialist on
Europe, Patrice Leraut works at the Natural History Museum of Paris and
is the author
of many books on Lepidoptera. This is the first of 3 volumes"
HERE is a link to the English edition.
II of MOTHS OF EUROPE
COLLINS BUTTERFLY GUIDE
(Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington)
This is the standard and best book for identifying European
butterflies. The successor to Higgins and Riley, it belongs on every
bookshelf next to the Bible, the Complete Works of Shakespeare and
Russell's History of Western Philosophy. The French version linked here
is a translation of the previous edition.
BUTTERFLIES OF EUROPE (Tristan Lafranchis)
This is a completely new field guide and identification key
in 2004) containing copious photographs, paintings and diagrams and a
text specifically designed to enable identification of any living
butterfly. So far as I know, it is the only field guide with a
dichotomous key to every species and should really help with difficult
identifications. I only bought my copy in January 2005 but suspect I
shall carry it together with Tolman on all my future trips.
MITCHELL BEAZLEY GUIDE TO THE
BUTTERFLIES OF EUROPE
Much smaller and not quite so comprehensive in range and the forms
illustrated, this is an excellent book to carry in the back pocket. For
99% of amateur butterfly watchers it is quite adequate and because of
its portability it is an excellent second book to have.
MICHAEL CHINERY'S PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE
TO THE BUTTERFLIES OF EUROPE
I only have a French copy of this book but the photographs and layout
are obviously the same. The photographs of all the European species are
fantastic and a superb complement to the traditional field guides. The
French text is also very useful - I presume it is largely a straight
translation of the English.
PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE BUTTERFLIES OF
BRITAIN AND EUROPE (Tom Tolman)
book is comprehensive and an excellent companion to the Collins Field
Guide (above, also by Tolman). Like the Chinery photo-guide, it
illustrates some species superbly and others less well (indeed, some
species are described but have no illustration, for no obvious reason).
This book has the illustrations, text and map for each species on the
same page, making it easier to browse than Chinery's book.
LES PAPILLONS DE JOUR de France, Belgique
et Luxembourg et leurs chenilles (Tristan Lafranchis)
excellent, comprehensive, photographic guide to the butterflies of
France and neighbouring francophone countries (omitting Switzerland),
containing a substantial and informative introduction and an
identification key. The main text is in French but the key is in
MILLENNIUM ATLAS OF THE
BUTTERFLIES IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND
This book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of every species
as well as being a detailed atlas of British butterflies. The sections
on ecology and conservation are excellent.
THE BUTTERFLIES OF NORTH AMERICA :
A NATURAL HISTORY AND FIELD GUIDE (SCOTT)
I don't have this book but it is very highly recommended in reviews.
THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD GUIDE TO
NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLIES
I have a copy of this comprehensive photographic guide and thoroughly
enoy browsing it. It is very similar in style to the Chinery book
(above) but with the annoying quirk of prefering English names to
scientific names in the plates, so when I want to check the
relationship of an illustrated species to its European cousins I have
to flick back and forth through the book.
Not butterfly books, but random things people have
asked me to
get or that I like...
Four Gospels (Collins Educational)