Much Ado About Mothing: A year intoxicated by Britain’s rare and remarkable moths (Hardcover)

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This book narrates a year­-long quest to see Britain's rarest and most remarkable moths.

This book coaxes moths out from the darkness and into the daylight; Much Ado About Moth-ing reveals that moths are so much more attractive, approachable and astonishing than butterflies--with richer tales to share, from migratory feats through mastery of camouflage to missives about the state of our planet. This book seeks to persuade the skeptical, the fearful and the unaware of the unexpected beauty of these misjudged insects.

The author, James Lowen, makes a case for moths by recounting a suitcase full of journeys across Britain over the course of a calendar year. Britain has a lot of moths--40 times more species than butterflies--so rather than try to see them all, James pursues quality over quantity, prioritizing our scarcest and most special species. His travels extend from the Isles of Scilly to northernmost Scotland. More than any other animals, moths demonstrate a very precise determination of place – one species, for example, rarely ventures more than 10 meters from the place it hatches as a caterpillar. Accordingly, this book drinks in the landscapes where moths reside. It's also a book about people--James meets moth­-fans wherever he goes, be they expert entomologists, professional conservationists or amateur "moth­-ers." He asks why they love what many people choose to hate, and how moths impact their lives. Through the filter of moths, he explores the concept of obsession, both in other people and, as the year progresses, in himself. This will be a book not just about moths, or about moths and place--but about moths and place and people.

A counterweight to James's expeditionary travels is his suburban garden. James and his young daughter measure the seasons by the moths that come and go, for perhaps the greatest virtue of moths--paradoxically, for those who consider them invisible--is their accessibility. Moths are everywhere, but above all they are here, and what's more, they'll sit calmly on a fingertip, providing first­-hand amazement to children and adults alike like no other animal.

About the Author

James Lowen is an experienced naturalist and award-winning author whose previous books include Much Ado About Mothing, British Moths, Birds of France and Bloomsbury's RSPB Spotlights on Badgers and Hedgehogs. Two of his books received the accolade of Travel Guidebook of the Year, and James also writes for publications such as The Telegraph, BBC Wildlife, Nature's Home and The Countryman. / @JLowenWildlife

Praise For…

“If moths mean nothing to you, opening this book is like stumbling from a dark street into an unexpected party. Here is colour, wonder, surprise – and fun. A jolly, generous, kind-hearted host, James Lowen unveils a splendid serving of moth intoxication!” - Patrick Barkham

“Charming and awe-inspiring. Whether you love or loathe moths, this book is for you.” - Kate Bradbury

“Whether recounting nights spent searching for moths amid the heather or relating an autumn dedicated to the perfect blue of Clifden Nonpareil, this boy can write!” - David Gedge

“Thoroughly recommended ... let James Lowen show you that moths are deserving of everybody's attention.” - Birdwatch Magazine

"I loved this book…and the author writes with real passion and insight about these lovely insects. After 40 years of mothing, the book brought a new interest and rekindled my old excitement of finding a new moth." - Adrian Spalding, Atropos

“With prose as rich and velvety as a Black Rustic’s wings, in Much Ado About Mothing James Lowen shines a welcome light into the hidden world of Britain’s moths, those consumed by their beauty and conservation, and the places upon which they depend. Their stories are remarkable and, in this delicious book, Lowen serves them with the relish they deserve.” - Jon Dunn

“Gloriously uplifting, hilariously eccentric; a big warm hug of a book written straight from the heart. Moths at their most inspiring, nature writing at its finest.” - Helen Pilcher

“James Lowen's year-long quest to find Britain's rarest and most remarkable moths seeks to persuade the sceptical, the fearful and the unaware of the sheer unexpected beauty of these largely misjudged insects.” - Roger Butler, The Great Outdoors

"This is a book full of enthusiasm and erudition." - Adrian Spalding, Atropos

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472966971
ISBN-10: 147296697X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife
Publication Date: July 27th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English