Much Ado About Mothing: A year intoxicated by Britain’s rare and remarkable moths (Paperback)
James Lowen narrates a year-long quest to see Britain's rarest and more remarkable moths.
Although mostly unseen by us, moths are everywhere. And their capacity to delight astounds.
Inspired by a revelatory encounter with a Poplar Hawk-moth – a huge, velvety-winged wonder wrapped in silver – James Lowen embarks on a year-long quest to celebrate the joy of Britain's rarest and most remarkable moths. By hiking up mountains, wading through marshes and roaming by night amid ancient woodlands, James follows the trails of both Victorian collectors and present-day conservationists. Seeking to understand why they and many ordinary folk love what the general public purports to hate, his investigations reveal a heady world of criminality and controversy, derring-do and determination.
From Cornwall to the Cairngorms, James explores British landscapes to coax these much-maligned creatures out from the cover of darkness and into the light. Moths are revealed to be attractive, astonishing and approachable; capable of migratory feats and camouflage mastery, moths have much to tell us on the state of the nation's wild and not-so-wild habitats.
As a counterweight to his travels, James and his young daughter track the seasons through a kaleidoscope of moth species living innocently yet covertly in their suburban garden. Without even leaving home, they bond over a shared joy in the uncommon beauty of common creatures, for perhaps the greatest virtue of moths, we learn, is their accessibility. Moths may be everywhere, but above all, they are here. Quite unexpectedly, no animals may be better placed to inspire the environmentalists of the future.
About the Author
James Lowen is an experienced naturalist and award-winning author whose 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.
jameslowen.com / @JLowenWildlife
“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.” —Atropos
“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.” —The Great Outdoors
“This is a book full of enthusiasm and erudition.” —Atropos