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Spring Frame Pocket Net - NEW SUPERIOR DESIGN
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Spring Frame Pocket Net - new superior design

This net is better made and designed than any other pocket net we have ever seen.    

The compact folded size is most convenient for lightweight travel and is ideal for unencumbered field work, when you need both hands free for photography and examination. From pocket to open net is achieved in seconds.

The design is based on an ideal design from Japan that was in the WWB range over 50 years ago, but became unobtainable. After a long absence we have now sourced this updated and even sturdier quality frame, that will last indefinitely and provide a most important aid to field study.

The short handle is nicely balanced, and all that is usually needed, but an adaptor is supplied to allow the use of one of the telescopic handles (available separately and not with this net), when required.

The diameter is an ample 35cm or 14", folding down to only 13cm or 5", easily fitting a trouser pocket.

TO FOLD hold the frame at arm's length (to keep the spring steel away from the face) with both hands, and twist in opposite directions, forming a figure of eight. Draw both hands together, which forms the frame into a small circle. The spring steel can be held in place by hooking it under the knurled knob at the join to the handle. The bag is then wrapped round and tucked into itself, to keep the frame from springing open.

The net bag is fitted by threading the spring steel frame through the net bag rim. The drilled ends of the spring steel are overlapped and secured by a knurled knob that screws into the metal Y-piece with short handle. Included is a thread converter that should be kept in a safe place for use if you wish to use a telescopic handle that uses a 6mm screw thread. 

Please note that the above description and illustrations are given here for reference when you wish to fit the bag and learn to fold it. Printed instructions are not sent with the net, so if you are buying for somebody else, they may need to refer to the above.

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The same figure of eight fold is shown without the net bag:






Collins Butterfly Guide  Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington
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Collins Butterfly Guide     Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington

This new guide covers over 400 species, 2000 colour illustrations and distribution maps for each species.

Very comprehensive text covering flight periods, variation, habitat, behaviour, life cycle and nomenclature.  384 pages. New Softback edition. 

Moths of the British Isles. Colour Identification Guide, by Bernard Skinner
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Moths of the British Isles. Colour Identification Guide     Bernard Skinner

One of the best works on British Moths, compact text and cross-references simplify identification. Third revised and updated edition April 2009..

A colour identification with 42 plates, illustrating over 1600 species. 

Current assessment of breeding species and genuine migrants, their status, habits and distribution.  Hardcover.  325 pages. 9.5 x 7.5"  



Butterflies of Britain, Richard Lewington
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Butterflies of Britain Chart   Richard Lewington

 Four-folded highly colourful chart illustrating all the British butterflies natural size, by the artist Richard Lewington. Stiff card, approx A4 size, gloss laminate protected both sides. The reverse has informative texts on life cycles, Parasites, behaviour, conservation and organisations involved with butterflies.


ACP. Butterflies - used copy
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All Colour Paperback BUTTERFLIES Robert Goodden.

No other book gives such plain and practical advice for the study of butterflies and moths.
A comprehensive guide - outlining techniques for the breeding and study of butterflies and moths. This book also shows a grand selection of butterflies of every continent. Packed with essential information, colourful pictures and diagrams by the butterfly artist JOYCE BEE. Paperback. 160  pages. 7 x 4". An essential guide for the beginner.

This book went out of print many years ago. WWB bought the entire stock of the English language edition. Stocks have now sold out. There are some used copies, damage or marking mainly on the covers, which does not materially affect the content. Even these are now down to rather few copies.
Published by Hamlyn. Available only from Worldwide Butterflies.



Butterflies of Britain and Ireland  Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington
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Butterflies of Britain and Ireland  Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington

Full of stunning illustrations, this new fully revised edition contains updated information about each species in the light of new research and updated maps.

All life stages are illustrated, and aspects of identification, variation, distribution, life-cycle, ecology, food plants and behaviour are all covered. A masterpiece!

Paperback 288 pages.

The AURELIAN LEGACY: British Butterflies & their Collectors
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The Aurelian Legacy   Michael Salmon, Peter Marren & Basil Harley

 A fascinating account of men and women who have made valuable contributions to our knowledge of British butterflies and of their early and often complex history. 

From 1553 to present day, it covers brief biographies of 101 lepidopterists, species of historical interest, nostalgic illustrations of old equipment, good colour plates & text figures. Highly recommended.


430 pages, 11 x 8.5"




Field Guide to the MOTHS of Great Britain & Ireland
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Field Guide to the MOTHS of Great Britain and Ireland  Paul Waring & Martin Townsend.   Illustrated by Richard Lewington

To identify your catch this book is the first ever to depict every species as you find it in the wild, in completely natural positions, instead of wings spread as in a collection. Absolutely outstanding. More than 1,600 superbly detailed illustrations of over 880 species, showing moths in their natural resting positions.

Photographs of larvae. Comprehensive tests for each species, and general introduction to identifying and studying moths. A superb companion to accompany WWB's Moonlander Moth Traps.   Quite the best moth book available. 



CHART Caterpillars of the British Butterflies, Gordon Riley & David Carter
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CHART Caterpillars of the British Butterflies


A very striking and informative identification guide, which will help at a glance to identify butterfly caterpillars.  The artist is Gordon Riley, and it is edited by David Carter.  20 x 30". Sent folded.




Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
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Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland   edited by Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons, illustrated by Richard Lewington. 

A new guide to micro-moths, illustrated with over 1500 artworks and photographs.   Soft cover, 416 pages

Written by a team of experts from across the British Isles, the book describes and illustrates over 1000 species of micro-moths.


Breeding Butterflies & Moths - Ekkehard Friedrich
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Breeding Butterflies & Moths   Ekkehard Friedrich

 A practical Handbook for British and European butterflies and moths. Very highly recommended.

Information on breeding 1000 species. 10 x 8". 176 pages. 47 text figures.

 A complete and important book for anyone keen to breed and conserve insects.  One of our best selling titles.


Day-flying Moths, a laminated fold-out chart - Richard Lewington
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Day-flying Moths, a laminated fold-out chart  Illustrated by Richard Lewington 

8-page laminated chart with 103 species of day-flying macro-moths and information on the habitats and distribution of each species. Illustrations by Richard Lewington.