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Atlas of the dragonflies of Britain and Ireland, by Merrit, R., Moore, N.W. and Eversham, B.C.
Atlas of grasshoppers, crickets and allied insects in Britain and Ireland, by E.C.M. Haes and P.T. Harding
This atlas contains up-to-date 10K square distribution maps of all the Orthoptera, Dictyoptera, Dermaptera and one map of the naturalized Phasmida found in the UK and Ireland. Distributions are mapped as '1970 onwards' and 'pre 1970'. Each map is accompanied by a species report detailing ecology with particular reference to its effect on distribution. Written by Haes and Harding it is designed to, and succeeds in, complementing and up-dating the classic 1988 work by Marshall and Haes on the British orthopteroid insects.
The book starts with a small introduction to the history of orthoptera recording in Ireland and the UK, the Channel Islands, England, Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales all recieving separate treatments. It also contains useful notes on 'Local atlases and reviews', and 'European distribution mapping'. This is a well produced book with an attractive cover and will be a must for all orthoptera enthusiasts in the UK and Europe.
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Atlas of the dragonflies of Britain and Irelandby Merrit, R., Moore, N.W. and Eversham, B.C.
This is more than just an atlas, it is a comprehensive introduction to ecology of the British and Irish Odonata. Not only does it contain distribution maps (based on the 10km grid system) of every species of Odonata in Britain and Ireland, distinguishing between 3 recording periods, before 1950, 1950 -1974 and 1974-1990. It also contains an A4 page of information on every species as well. This valuable and easy to access information is divided into the following categories: Description :- this is a species description, often very complete but lacking in diagrams, which would make it more complete when for instance the text says "The shape of the anal appendages is diagnostic" thus you will still need your copy of 'The Dragon-flies of Great Britain and Ireland' by Hammond, and revised by Merrit to complete your identification. Habitat :- This contains information on breeding habitat, giving a good idea of where to look for the species concerned. Breeding Biology :- Contains information on territoriality, oviposition and emergence strategies, generation time and larval micro-habitat preferences. Flight Periods :- Includes times and associated species. Status and Distribution :- This is generally a good paragraph giving a quite acceptable and well referenced of the history of the species. European and World Distribution :- This is a pleasant surprise to find and though the information is usually limited to 2 or 3 lines it adds considerably to the enjoyment of the book.
With other sections on additional species recorded from the Channel Islands, Immigrants and Accidental species, Seasonal Occurrence, Dragonflies and Nature Conservation as well as over 200 references this is a valuable addition to the library of any amateur naturalist, Odonata specialist or academic institute.
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