Pest Lepidoptera of Europe with special reference to the British Isles.
In this monograph on lepidopterous pests of Europe, especially the British Isles, 228 species are dealt with in detail and a further 116 are mentioned in relation to plants of economic importance. About half the species dealt with also occur in Japan and North America. The aim of the book is to enable economic entomologists and others to identify the larvae, pupae and adults, and to provide information on food-plants, pest status, distribution and biology. The introductory part of the book includes notes on identification, the preservation of material, Lepidoptera as pests, control and the literature. Keys to families (based on larvae), Tineidae of economic importance in Europe, and larvae of Pyralidae infesting stored foods or found in the home, are presented. The major part of the book is a systematic treatment by species under Latin and common names, providing information on host-plants, damage, distribution, descriptions (many of these including line drawings of larval characters of diagnostic importance), biology and a short list of relevant literature references. Photographs are used to illustrate the adults, larvae, and (in some cases) pupae. A host list is provided, in which cultivated plants, stored foodstuffs and other commodities are listed alphabetically and their pest Lepidoptera are arranged alphabetically by family, genus and species, with brief details of types of feeding. Polyphagous pests are also listed as occurring on shrubs, trees or herbaceous plants. Insect species are indexed under common and Latin names.