Ladybirds (Coccinellidae) of Britain and Ireland
Helen Roy, Peter Brown, Robert Frost, Remy Poland
Published June 15 2011
ISBN 9781906698201, 204pp, 194 colour photos, 50 distribution maps
Published by the Field Studies Council of behalf of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Biological Records Centre.
This stunning full-colour atlas, authoritatively written by the Ladybird Survey organisers, provides information on the ladybird (Coccinellidae) family, comprising a diverse group of beetles. There are 47 species of Coccinellidae resident in Britain and Ireland. Some species are brightly coloured and these are colloquially termed "ladybirds". Others are small and inconspicuous, although these, on closer inspection, are just as attractive as their charismatic counterparts.
In this atlas, we describe the distribution of ladybirds in Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using data collated through the Biological Records Centre Coccinellidae Recording Scheme (including the UK Ladybird Survey) since 1964.
As well as distribution maps, the book uses terrific colour photographs and text to help with the identification of ladybird species in Britain and Ireland, from the largest to the smallest, and to provide information on life histories, behaviour, host plants and prey, and details of the enemies of ladybirds, especially their parasites.
"It is an example of natural history publishing at its best, an authoritative volume packed with useful information presented in an attractive and easy to use format."
Peter Smithers, antenna (Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society)
"This attractive and well laid-out atlas does justice to a perennially popular, fascinating and, all of a sudden, ecologically fragile group of insects."
Peter Marren, British Wildlife
Ladybirds (Coccinellidae) of Britain and Ireland is available to buy online from FSC Publications.
Errata: Click here to read some additions and corrections to the published first edition.
The atlas contains more than 190 colour photographs
tags: ladybirds | biological recording | coccinellidae | UK Ladybird Survey