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The Butterflies and Common Moths of New Zealand ; By D. E. Gaskin (Lecturer in Zoology, Massey University of Manawatu) ; Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1966, first edition, original boards, a nice tidy copy (thin white line mark near top and bottom edge, old tape marks on paste-down endpapers, content very good) in nice dust wrapper (name on top of front cover), 219pp with 4 plates in colour, 24 plates in black and white, and 16 figures in the text.

This book will be of the utmost value to the amateur student of New Zealand Lepidoptera. The author’s main aim is to acquaint the beginner with the best known species of butterflies and moths and to provide a manual to help the average student identify most of the species he collects.
The first section of the book deals with life history, structure, classification, equipment and mounting, collecting, and breeding; the second section provides a key to the Lepidoptera in the book; and section three gives descriptions, life histories and distribution of the butterflies and common moths of New Zealand.
Only 18 species of butterflies have been recorded in New Zealand (they are all included here) but the moths exceed 1,500. The author has reduced this number to about 180 – the species most likely to be taken in normal year’s collecting…

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