The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland

The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland (abbreviated to MBGBI or MOGBI) is a multi-volume reference work on the Lepidoptera of the British Isles.

The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland volume 1

The original publisher of this series was Curwen Books who published volumes 1 and 9. In 1983 Harley Books took over publishing the series. The earlier volumes were reprinted. From 1 April 2008 following the retirement of Annette and Basil Harley, Apollo Books acquired Harley Books. It was decided, that Apollo Books would continue and conclude the series with volume 5 on Tortricidae, volume 6 on Pyralidae and Pterophoridae, and volume 8 on Geometridae. At the same time they took over the remaining stock of the previous seven volumes of the series. From 1 January 2013, Apollo Books announced that all Harley Books titles and the majority of the Apollo Books titles, have been taken over by the Dutch publisher Brill Publishers. The change was necessary to ensure that the book series can continue to be published in the years ahead

Eleven volumes were originally planned in total. So far, volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 have been published. Volumes 4, 5 and 7 were each split into two parts due to their size. Volume 5, the most recent, was published in September 2014.

Each volume has text, distribution maps, and illustrations of the moths it covers. When the series is complete, this will be the first time that all species of Lepidoptera recorded in Britain have been illustrated in a single reference work.

Volume 7 part 2 contains a 241-page Life History chart covering all British species.

The series volume by volumeEdit

Volume 1 (Micropterigidae to Heliozelidae)Edit

  • Editor: John Heath
  • Associate Editors: A. Maitland Emmet, D. S. Fletcher, E. C. Pelham-Clinton and W. G. Tremewan
  • Artists: Brian Hargreaves and Maureen Lane
  • Hardback: ISBN 0-632-00331-6 (Blackwell Scientific Publications and Curwen Books) ISBN 0-946589-03-8 (Harley Books)
  • Paperback: ISBN 0-946589-15-1
  • Published in: 1976 by Blackwell Scientific Publications and Curwen Books, and reprinted in 1983 by Harley Books
  • Introductory chapters: 1) Morphology, 2) Parasites 3) Diseases 4) Pest Species 5) Habitats 6) Conservation 7) Techniques
  • Covers Micropterigidae, Eriocraniidae, Hepialidae, Nepticulidae, Opostegidae, Tischeriidae, Incurvariidae and Heliozelidae

Volume 2 (Cossidae to Heliodinidae)Edit

Volume 3 (Yponomeutidae to Elachistidae)Edit

Volume 4 Part 1 (Oecophoridae to Scythrididae, excluding Gelechiidae)Edit

Volume 4 Part 2 (Gelechiidae)Edit

  • Editor: A. Maitland Emmet and John R. Langmaid
  • Associate Editors: K. P. Bland, D. S. Fletcher, B. H. Harley, G. S. Robinson, B. Skinner and W. G. Tremewan
  • Artists: Richard Lewington and Michael J. Roberts
  • Hardback: ISBN 0-946589-67-4
  • Paperback: ISBN 0-946589-73-9
  • Published in: 2002 by Harley Books
  • No introductory chapter
  • Covers Gelechiidae

Volume 5 Part 1 (Tortricidae Tortricinae & Chlidanotinae)Edit

Volume 5 Part 2 (Tortricidae Olethreutinae)Edit

Volume 6 (Pyralidae and Pterophoridae)Edit

Volume 6 has not yet been published

Volume 7 Part 1 (Hesperiidae to Nymphalidae)Edit

This volume was also titled The Butterflies of Britain and Ireland

Volume 7 Part 2 (Lasiocampidae to Thyatiridae)Edit

  • Editor: A. Maitland Emmet and John Heath
  • Associate Editors: D. S. Fletcher, B. H. Harley, E. C. Pelham-Clinton, G. S. Robinson, B. Skinner and W. G. Tremewan
  • Artists: Richard Lewington and Timothy Freed
  • Hardback: ISBN 978-0-946589-26-5
  • Paperback: ISBN 0-946589-42-9
  • Published in: 1992 by Harley Books
  • Introductory chapters: 1) Classification of the Lepidoptera by M. J. Scoble; 2) Resting posture in the Lepidoptera by M. W. F. Tweedie and A. M. Emmet; 3) Chart showing the Life History and Habits of the British Lepidoptera by A. M. Emmet

Volume 8 (Geometridae)Edit

Volume 8 has not yet been published

Volume 9 (Sphingidae to Noctuidae - Noctuinae and Hadeninae)Edit

Volume 10 (Noctuidae - Cuculliinae to Hypeninae, and Agaristidae)Edit

Volume 11 (Larvae)Edit

Volume 11 has not yet been published

See alsoEdit

https://www.britishwildlife.com/contributor/nick-greatorex-davies

External linksEdit