Book Loans

To assist local recorders with their identifications and development, the Tanyptera Project have a number books/guides available for borrowing for up to 6 months (max. 3 items per person at any time).

Borrowers should be:

·         Resident in Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside or Greater Manchester

·         Already attending events organised by the Tanyptera Project

·         Able to collect books in person at World Museum or a Tanyptera Project event elsewhere in the region.

Below is a list of books we have available. The book list can also be downloaded here.

Please email Leanna Dixon ( to arrange a loan.

*This represents the total number of books we have but some may be on loan or needed for a workshop

We’d also like to highlight that many entomology related titles can be borrowed via inter-library loans and via the British Library on demand service. More details on the British Library website. Prices start at £5.85 for standard electronic delivery of a born digital copy (2019/20).

Taxonomic GroupTitleEditionAuthorPublication YearNumber of copies*
Annelida (Earthworms)Key to the Earthworms of the UK and IrelandSecondEmma Sherlock201812
Araneae (Spiders)Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide FirstLawrence Bee, Geoff Oxford and Helen Smith201710
Araneae (Spiders)Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Field Guide)FirstMichael Roberts200112
Chilopoda (Centipedes)FSC Aid Gap Key to the Identification of British CentipedesFirstA.D Barber200812
Coleoptera (Beetles)RES The Carabidae (ground beetles) of Britain and IrelandSecond Martin L. Luff200712
Collembola (Springtails)FSC AidGap A key to the Collembola (Springtails) of Britain and IrelandFirstSteve Hopkin200712
Diptera (True flies)British Soldierflies and Their AlliesSecond Alan Stubbs and Martin Drake20143
Diptera (True flies)Adults, larvae & pupae of British Mosquitoes (Culicidae) A keyFirstPeter S Cranston, CD Ramsdale, Katrin R Snow, GB White198712
Diptera (True flies)Shropshire Craneflies FirstPeter Boardman201612
Gastropoda (Slugs & Snails)FSC Aidgap Slugs of Britian and Ireland. Identification, Understanding and ControlFirstBen Rowson, James Turner, Roy Anderson & Bill Symondson201412
Hemiptera (True Bugs)FSC Guide to Shieldbugs of the British IslesFirstBernard Nau200412
Hymenoptera (Bees, Ants, Wasps & Sawflies)Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and IrelandFirstSteven J. Falk201510
Hymenoptera (Bees, Ants, Wasps & Sawflies)RES Handbook, Volume 6, Part 6: The Vespoid Wasps (Tiphiidae, Mutillidae, Sapygidae, Scoliidae and Vespidae) of the British Isles by M.E ArcherFirstM.E Archer201410
Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)Britain's Dragonflies A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland Fourth David Smallshire and Andy Swash201812
Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)Field Guide to the Larvae and Exuviae of British Dragonflies Damselflies (Zgypotera) and Dragonflies (Anisoptera)FirstSteve Cham201215
Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)FSC Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain SecondSteve Brooks and Richard Askew200415
Opiliones (Harvestmen)FSC Guide to Harvestmen of the British IslesFirstPaul Richards201012
Orthoptera (Grasshoppers & Crickets)FSC Guide to British Grasshoppers and Allied InsectsFirstJudith Marshall & Denys W Ovenden199912
Plant GallsFSC Aidgap British Plant GallsSecondMargaret Refern and Peter Shirley201110
Plant GallsFSC A Guide to Plant Galls in BritainFirstMargaret Redfern, Peter Shirley & Michael Bloxham200410
Trichoptera (Caddisflies)RES Handbook, Volume 1, Part 17: The Adult Trichoptera (Caddisflies) of Britain and IrelandFirstPeter Barnard and Emma Ross20124
Trichoptera (Caddisflies)Simple Key to Caddis Larvae FirstIan Wallace20068
Trichoptera (Caddisflies)FSC Aidgap Guide to the Adult Caddisflies or Sedge flies (Trichoptera)FirstPeter Barnard and Emma Ross200811
Trichoptera (Caddisflies)A key to the case bearing caddis larvae of Britain & Ireland First, Second & ThirdI D Wallace, B Wallace and G N Philipson1990, 1981 and 2003 editions14
VariousFSC River Invertebrate Monitoring for Anglers. Riverfly Partnership InitiativeFirstRiverfly Partnership13
VariousThe Freshwater Name Trail: A Key to the Invertebrates of Ponds and StreamsFirstRichard Orton, Anne Bebbington and John Bebbington19963