This is a useful field guide to the insects of Europe which "offers an introduction to the whole subject; a key to European orders; subsidiary keys where useful; and a concise, interesting account of each major group - its variety, habitat, feeding and social habits, life-history. It is illustrated with over 200 line drawings by Denys Ovenden." "60 beautiful and accurate plates [of hundreds of examples] illustrate adult specimens of each major group. The last four show a range of caterpillars of butterflies and moths. Each plate has been painted specially for this book. Each has its explanatory caption page, with names, diagnostic characters, scales and page references to the main text." Insects not found in Britain are indicated in the text. "This is the insect book we have all been waiting for. It shows you how to tell a wasp from its mimics, a horse-fly from a stable fly, a beetle from a bug, in a text that achieves a maximum of precision with a minimum of words. The keys are clear, concise and effective, the illustrations magnificent." (N.D. Riley, Formerly Keeper of Entomology, British Museum (Natural History)).