|Aarvik, Leif, L. O. Hansen and V. Kononenko:
Norges Sommerfugler. (Handbook on the Norwegian butterflies and
macromoths). 2009. 20 x 26 cm. 432 pages. Illustrated
throughout in colour. Text in Norwegian. Hardback.
ISBN 9788299692328 DKK 380 excl. postage.
A very beautiful book that besides all macromoths also covers the
micromoths traditionally collected by macro-lepidopterists such as
Hepialidae, Sesiidae, Zygaenidae etc., totally 958 species. For each
species a short text divided in the chapters Identification,
Distribution, Larva, Imago and further there is a map to each species
of the Norwegian distribution. All species are illustrated on the 163
colour plates, most of them slightly enlarged, which helps
identification of especially the smaller species like the genera Idaea
and Eupithecia. For each family a short introductionary chapter
supplemented with some extremely beautiful colour photos of live
butterflies and moths, often covering a whole page. The book has
further short chapters on Lepidoptera, Habitats, Distribution
patterns, How to study and collect Lepidoptera, Classification,
Nomenclature. Both the photography and printing quality in this book
is very good and can probably not be done better.
The book is published by the Entomological Society of Norway in
co-operation with the Natural History Museum in Oslo. Apollo Books are
appointed as sole distributors outside Norway for this book.