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British Red Data Books: 2. Insects 1987


This is the first comprehensive statement on the status of the most threatened insects in Great Britain. It has been drawn up by leading specialists and covers most of the major groups of insects, including butterflies, moths, dragonflies, grasshoppers, beetles, flies, caddis-flies, heteropteran bugs, ants, bees and wasps.

The main purpose of the book is to draw attention to those insects whose continued survival in Britain is threatened, including those that have stable populations but occur in only very few sites. Some 1,800 species of insects qualify for inclusion in the Red Data Book, representing nearly 15 per cent of species in the groups fully covered (excluding the Microlepidoptera).

Another volume (British Red Data Books 3) provides details of invertebrates other than insects.

This resource has been produced from a scan of an original document. You may therefore experience fluctuations in quality and large file sizes.

Due to the large file size, the volume is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1: Prelims, Introductory chapters & Species Accounts (Odonata to Lepidoptera))
  • Part 2: Species Accounts (Coleoptera)
  • Part 3: Species Accounts (Hymenoptera to Diptera), Bibliography & Index

Please note that this Red Data Book was published in 1987, therefore more recent information may be available. To find more up-to-date information on the conservation status of species, please visit our conservation designations webpage.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1987··

Shirt, D.B. (Ed.). 1987. British Red Data Books: 2. Insects. JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 0 86139 380 5.

This volume forms part of a series Red Data Books published by JNCC and its predecessor the NCC (Nature Conservancy Council). Red Data Books, or Red Lists, are an established method of determining priorities in the conservation of individual animal and plant species.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·04·02

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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