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Emmet, A.M., Langmaid, J. & Heath J., 1983

Micropterigidae to Heliozelidae (vol 1)

This volume covers the familes Micropterigidae to Heliozelidae, including the large genus Nepticula.

The taxonomic section begins with the Key to suborders

Each family includes a checklist, keys to imagines and detailed species accounts. These include descriptions of the life stages with host plant(s) or pabula, comments on similar species and a vice-county distribution map.

For Nepticulidae, keys are given to leaf-mines by food plant.

Introductory chapters cover: Morphology (J. Heath), Parasites (M.R. Shaw & R.R. Askew), Diseases (C.F. Rivers), Pest Species (C.R. Baker), Habitats (J. Heath), Conservation and the Collector (M.G. Morris) and Techniques (J. Reid).

Descriptions of lab techniques (killing, pinning, setting, curating, genitalia preps etc) are given (Pp 123-132) but these are now rather dated (eg Carbon Tetrachloride is no longer used as a killing agent as it is far too dangerous; the use of naphthalene to discourage pests is also no longer recommended as it too is toxic; and genitalia preps are nowadays often made of the full abdomen rather than merely the terminalia)

Originally published by Blackwell Scientific Publications and Curwen Press (1976)

Publisher Harley Books
Volume Vol 1
Pages 343
ISBN 0 946589 15 1
Coverage All the British species known at the time.
Illustrations Line drawings (mainly of genitalia) in the text, half tone (leaf mines and cases) and colour (imagines) plates at the back.
Identify With x8 or x10 hand lens (also useful to examine under a Stereo Microscope).
Specimen Prep. Pinned and set specimens often needed for close examination and hindwing characters. Genitalia preps required in some groups.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

LEPIDOPTERA (butterflies and moths) Identification Checklist Current
HELIOZELIDAE (lift micro-moths) Identification Checklist Current
INCURVARIIDAE (longhorn moths) Identification Checklist Current
ERIOCRANIIDAE (a family of micro-moths) Identification Checklist Current
HEPIALOIDEA (swift moths) Identification Checklist Current
NEPTICULIDAE (pygmy moths, minute eye-cap moths) Identification Checklist Current
OPOSTEGIDAE (bent-wing micro-moths, white eye-cap moths) Identification Checklist Current
TISCHERIIDAE (carl micro-moths, trumpet leafminers) Identification Checklist Current
MICROPTERIGOIDEA (jawed micro-moths) Identification Checklist Current


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