Roy Leverton Enjoying Moths

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Enjoying Moths

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While some excellent identification guides help observers to name the species they find, there are no books about 'mothing.' This book fills that gap. There are sections on finding moths in the daytime and at night when they visit natural attractions such as sallow catkins and overripe blackberries. The responsible use of light traps is also covered. Most moths are easily bred in captivity, and their early stages are often fascinating. Successful techniques for finding and rearing caterpillars (almost a hobby in itself) are provided. Other chapters show how to attract moths to the garden, give expert hints on photographic techniques, and deal with the handling and presentation of scientific data.
However, this is no dry academic tome. Roy Leverton conveys his lifelong enthusiasm for moths in an immensely readable, easy-going style, while the text is liberally illustrated with line drawings and the author's own superb photographs of living moths.

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Moths have never enjoyed the easy popularity of butterflies, their more showy daytime cousins, yet they repay closer study. Their subtle shapes and patterns are often beautiful, making butterflies seem garish in comparison. Their life histories are hugely varied, and often fascinating. And whereas many British butterflies have declined due to loss of habitat, our moths are doing comparatively well and Britain is currently gaining species, perhaps as a result of global warming.
In Victorian times, moths were very popular with collectors, and rarities sold at auction for hefty sums. This fashion has faded, but recently there has been a new upsurge of interest. Fortunately, today's enthusiast prefers to study and enjoy live moths in their natural habitat, rather than gloat over rows of dead, dried specimens. Ecology and conservation are now the keynotes, with modern colour photography providing the permanent record of exciting finds.
While some excellent identification guides help observers to name the species they find, there are no books about 'mothing.' This book fills that gap. There are sections on finding moths in the daytime and at night when they visit natural attractions such as sallow catkins and overripe blackberries. The responsible use of light traps is also covered. Most moths are easily bred in captivity, and their early stages are often fascinating. Successful techniques for finding and rearing caterpillars (almost a hobby in itself) are provided. Other chapters show how to attract moths to the garden, give expert hints on photographic techniques, and deal with the handling and presentation of scientific data.
However, this is no dry academic tome. Roy Leverton conveys his lifelong enthusiasm for moths in an immensely readable, easy-going style, while the text is liberally illustrated with line drawings and the author's own superb photographs of living moths.

About the Author:

Roy Leverton was born and brought up in Salford, Lancashire. In spite of these unpromising surroundings he was interested in natural history from an early age, and particularly in moths. To further his obsession he moved to Brighton to study at the University of Sussex, and gained a Geography degree in 1967. After remaining in the overcrowded south until 1989, he then relocated with his family to Scotland, and now lives on a 35 acre croft with his wife Laurie, sons David and James, two horses and assorted livestock. He actively manages half his land for its wildlife, including 8 species of orchids, breeding Grasshopper Warblers and an ever increasing list of moths.Always an enthusiastic amateur, Roy has been an active member of various conservation organisations both in Sussex and Scotland. He held a ringing permit for 25 years, specialising in migrant thrushes including Ring Ouzels, and spent 12 years as a voluntary warden for English Nature on a chalk downland reserve on the outskirts of Brighton. He is presently Lepidoptera recorder for Banffshire.After collecting moths as a boy, Roy later took up photography as a kinder alternative. He provided the photographs for The Natural History of Moths by Mark Young. Although he has published many articles in scientific journals over the years, this is his first book.

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