Moths : Their biology, diversity and evolution - the exhibition catalogue from Natural History Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Moths : Their biology, diversity and evolution

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An accessible introduction to the stunning diversity, life habits and evolution of moths

This insect group encompasses 128 of the 135 families of the scaly winged insects (Lepidoptera), with some 140,000 known species. Moths are among the most successful of the Earth's inhabitants, with an ancient history, some fossils being dated to 190 million years old.

This book traces the structure and development of these winged insects and reveals some of their extraordinary adaptations, such as caterpillars that communicate with ants, as well as ruthless survival tactics - including blood-sucking, feeding on the tears of sleeping birds, and cannibalism of their own mothers. It also exposes their essential roles in ecosystems and manifold interactions with humans. Often considered denizens of the night, hopelessly allured by light and voracious destroyers of clothes, the book shines a spotlight on moths, illuminating the bright side of their astonishing diversity.


  • Author: David C. Lees, Curator of Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum
  • Paperback: 208 pages 
  • Date published: October 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0565094577
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.7 cm

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