by Jonty Denton
Despite being landlocked, Surrey supports one of the richest wetland beetle and bug faunas in Britain and the majority of British species occur here. With evocative names such as Water Scorpions, Pondskaters and Whirligigs, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many with beautiful streamlined bodies and frequently brightly coloured or adorned with exquisite markings. Written by Dr Jonty Denton, an ecologist and county Coleoptera recorder for both Surrey and Hampshire, this book will arm you with all the information you need on the biology, ecology and distribution of all species known in the county. It covers all aquatic Heteroptera (or ‘true bugs’) together with those members of the order Coleoptera (the beetles) which spend at least part of their life cycle in the water or on the emergent or floating leaves of water plants. Representatives from every family are illustrated in over 200 colour photographs to help you name and identify them.
Hardback with 200 pages plus 32 colour plates.
ISBN: 978 0 9556188 0 2
'Since Surrey contains the majority of British species… this book will be useful to anyone wanting to identify, record or study these attractive insects.'
- British Wildlife
'An amazing range of facts is included, that will appeal both to experienced and budding recorders… I recommend this atlas to bug and beetle beginners, experts and Surrey Naturalist’s all!'
- British Journal of Entomology and Natural History
'Even if you have no interest in the fauna of land around London, you should buy this book for its 31 plates of splendid colour photographs of beetles and bugs. The reasonable price is surely no deterrent to purchase for the images alone, and the author’s enthusiasm should prove infectious as part of the bargain.'
- Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine