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A Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (Special Publication / Virginia Museum of Natural History) 2nd Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1884549212
ISBN-10: 1884549217
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About the Author

Charles V. Covell, Jr., is Curator of Moths and Senior Research Scientist at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Series: Special Publication / Virginia Museum of Natural History (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Virginia Museum of Natural History; 2 edition (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884549217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884549212
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reference text is very complete and detailed. However, when I found that most of the photo plates were black and white, I groaned. What I imagined I'd be receiving was a field guide with a good photo with each entry. As it is you have to flip back and forth from text to plate. A book with photo plates is really "old school" these days.
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Excellent source guide to moths of the Eastern United States. The photos in this edition lack clarity and need to be printed better. The author is superb. He is the authority in his field. All that is lacking is quality printing of the material.
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This is the same classic Moths that Peterson Guides put out, only it's in the format of the Robert Anthony style guides that came out in the late '80s. White and a single color with a photo on the front. Inside, it's the same wonderfully complete Charles Covell book, un-updated as far as i can tell, but not numbered like the true Peterson Guides.

So, if you're looking for the contents of the book and to identify moths, this is the CHEAPest way to get a copy - and thank the Virginia Museum of Nat. History for working to get the reprint rights. If you are looking for a collector's version, it fills slot 30 better than the Easton Press leather edition because it looks like a Peterson Guide.
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I finally found the original after years of searching, just about a month before this edition came out :(

I have used it for a year and find it very helpful. I have learned two things that help a lot:

1) Although the photo plates leave something to be desired, they get you most of the way to identification, and there are a number of websites you can use for confirmation;

2) It does not include recent invaders like the Large Underwing, and some of the ranges may have changed since the original text wa swritten.
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