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Monday, 25 February 2019

Food Plants for moths

Can anyone recommend a book that lists the larval food plants of moths and butterflies? I know that Northumberland moth group do a comprehensive list, but I wondered about a book. Nothing like a book to pick up and browse through!
Thanks in advance.

9 comments:

  1. Vol. 7 Pt 2 of "The Moths and butterflies of GB & I" is one option. It is pretty extensive but I don't think I would describe it as browsing material. Light reading it isn't and not light on your wallet either.

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  2. Hmmm. See what you mean. Thinking more of a list of plants with associated caterpillars. Think Vol 7 is way above my pay grade!!
    Thanks though.

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  3. For micros, the new and comprehensive (2018) `A Field Guide to the Smaller Moths of GB & Ireland` Langmaid et al is very good.
    Online `UK Leaf Mines` has a plants option whereby you choose your plant species and see what micros eat that plant.
    The rather selective A Field Guide to Caterpillars of Butterflies & Moths of Britain & Europe Carter (1986) has caterpillars shown by food plant. More `readable` perhaps. Possibly available online cheap 2nd-hand.

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  4. Try this Jane - https://www.atroposbooks.co.uk/foodplant-list-for-the-caterpillars-of-britain-s-butterflies-and-larger-moths

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  5. That looks just the ticket, and at a reduced price too! Thanks Paul.

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