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Reaktion Books
01 June 2016
Mathematics & Sciences; Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
Unlike their gaudy day-flying relations moths are thought to reside in the shadows, denizens of the night, circling around street lights or caught momentarily in the glare of car headlights on a country lane. There are, however, many more species of day-flying moths than there are of butterflies, and as for colours and patterns, many moths rival or even exceed butterflies in the dazzling patterns and colours of their markings. The study of moths formed an integral part of early natural history and many thousands of drawings, paintings and physical specimens remain in museum collections. In recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest in moths facilitated by advances in digital photography, the web-based dissemination of scientific expertise and new projects that enable direct collaboration between amateur experts and scientists.
By:   Matthew Gandy
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9781780235851
ISBN 10:   1780235852
Series:   Animal
Publication Date:   01 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Moth

This book is indeed very different: beautifully written, full of surprises, gloriously illustrated in flowing mature prose and colorful illustration. Yes, the researcher will find many familiar issues being discussed (even then I enjoyed being reminded about much of what I once knew well), but I doubt that he/she will have gleaned the insights that Gandy has revealed linking moths and butterflies to the arts and sciences, all too often regarded as tenuous but here exposed as firm, intricate, anastomosing webs of connections; the reflections on the perspectives of moths in distinct cultures are in themselves fascinating, and I found myself acquiring new views. . . . This is one of those rare books that should galvanize the next generation to learn and enjoy, to revere and to protect what we still have of smaller organisms, the living gems on this amazing planet. --Entomologist's Gazette Gandy's book focuses on the moth: long associated with darkness and the gothic imagination yet significant in a myriad of other ways, from silk production to sensitive indicators of environmental change. . . . Both Animal series books are extremely well illustrated, bursting with historical detail and engagingly written. These exceptional accounts of the cultural and natural history of beetles and moths will undoubtedly change the way readers think about their relationship with these captivating insects. --European Journal of Entomology Moth is part of a series of 'a new kind of animal history, ' so one expects a section on natural history, followed by another on how humans have interpreted moths in art, music, literature, etc. This volume breaks that pattern with a long section on the naming of moths and highlights the history, controversies, and occasional humor of taxonomic work. Recommended. --Choice


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