Insects of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Steve Jones

Insects of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly coverThe varied landscapes of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are home to many diverse wildlife habitats. From coastal fringes to moorland peaks; from rivers and streams to woodlands and heaths; from farm land to mining landscapes of the past, even our own domestic gardens – all of these habitats support a fascinating array of insects. This book will allow everyone who enjoys exploring the countryside to identify the most commonly encountered species of insects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, including butterflies and moths; dragonflies and damselflies; grasshoppers and crickets; beetles; bumblebees; wasps, flies and bugs. It also provides a guide to some of the best sites for seeing these striking creatures.

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Steve Jones has been fascinated by insects, particularly dragonflies, since childhood. In 1983 he became one of the first members of the fledgling British Dragonfly Society, and for over 20 years has been the county recorder for dragonflies. His illustrations and photographs have appeared in many magazines, including British Wildlife and Cornwall Today, as well as a number of county dragonfly guides, and specialist journals such as Studies on Iberian Dragonflies. He is an accomplished photographer in this specialist field, and an active member of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photographic Group.

Insects of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is published in our Pocket Cornwall series.

  • Introduction
  • Insect-watching in the Field
  • About this Book
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • Grasshoppers, Crickets and Relatives
  • True Bugs
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • True Flies
  • Bees, Wasps, Ants and Relatives
  • Beetles
  • Aquatic Insects
  • Site Gazetteer
  • Glossary
  • Index of Insects
  • Further Reading
  • Organizations and Websites

ISBN: 9780906720745
1st edition
104 pages
146 colour photographs
150 x 153 mm

‘Engagingly written, his infectious enthusiasm jumps from the pages.

‘Whether you use this book for reference, to thumb through from time to time, or to read straight through, it will transform your view of these diverse creatures.’ (Western Morning News, 06.07.10. ) You can read the full review here.

‘Little gem from the Pocket Cornwall stable’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 15.07.10)

‘well-illustrated field guide to the most commonly encounterd insect species in Cornwall and Scilly, which includes a gazetteer to some of the best sites for seeing these striking creatures.’ (The Countryman, August 2010)

‘amazing colour and variety of the examples illustrated …
‘The author is well-qualified in his field, and so this is yet another attractive guide to keep handy.’ (Old Cornwall, Autumn 2010)

‘Steve Jones is obviously the best person to bring us this book… Keep this book in your pocket when exploring the countryside’ (Cornwall Life, September 2010)

‘covers the area specified, and makes it far easier to correctly identify the indistinct flutterers… and their crawling companions.
‘… useful embellishments, such as ideal places for spotting remarkable specimens and a list of organizations and websites for further investigation.’ (My Cornwall, October/November 2010)

‘excellent photographs and a brief introduction to insects and insect watching… The Odonata are especially well covered… as are the butterflies’ (Atropos, no. 41, Autumn 2010)


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