By Alan Martin, Alexandre Soares and Jorge Bizarro
Published by REGUA publications 2011
Alan Martin is a council member of the World Land Trust (WLT). He is also very active and a regular visitor to REGUA, WLT’s Brazilian partner organisation. Alan is best known as an ornithologist, but since birds are largely diurnal, after dusk he pursues another passion: Moths.
This year he was instrumental in the publication of an magnificent guide to the hawkmoths of the Serra dos Orgaos, the area where the REGUA wildlife reserve can be found. There is a staggering variety of hawkmoths, some of which look remarkably similar to those found in Britain. There have been 110 species recorded so far and there are 120 photographs showing the moths in their natural, resting position. The rest of the plates show the males and females, from above and below.
This is a publication which I hope will stimulate many more, in many other parts of the world. Field Guides are a crucial first step to conservation. By knowing what is there, we can appreciate the biodiversity.
Alan Martin is to be congratulated not just for writing the book, but also getting it published. I urge anyone who is likely to go to REGUA to buy it, study it and then look out for hawkmoths – there is always a chance you will find a new species for the reserve.
Review by John Burton