Peterson moth guide update, and a contest!

We have a cover! AND a publication date!

I’ve been away since last Friday, visiting my sister, and have been only minimally checking in with email. (Also the reason for the lack of posts; I did have my computer, but it’s harder to find the time to organize a post when away from home.) We received the official cover earlier this week, and I got the okay to share it with all of you – so here it is! The new cover of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America!

The Peterson field guide series is undergoing a small makeover, the most prominent difference being the covers of the guides. The bird guides have one of Roger Tory Peterson’s beautiful paintings on them, but the rest of the titles in the series will be a mosaic of an assortment of species from the guide plates. All of the images you see here are the actual images that will appear for those species on the identification pages of the guide.

Since I started this blog I’ve really wanted to run a contest – so here’s my very first one! Yay! Here’s what you have to do:

There are 16 species of moth on the cover. Tell me what they all are to be entered into a drawing – when the book comes out next spring, I’ll send the winner a free signed copy of the guide.

If you don’t know them all, you can send me a partial list. Common names are fine, but please include Hodges # and/or scientific name to make sure we’re both thinking of the same species. You’ll get one entry into the drawing for every 4 species you guess correctly. If you need an identification reference to look them up, this website can be very useful. If you need/want to see a larger version of the cover, click here.

If you share this contest on your own blog and/or Twitter and send me the link where I can see and verify it, I’ll put your name in the drawing once (or once more, if you also guessed the species). Send me your list of species (and/or blog/Twitter link, if applicable) by next Thursday, August 25, using my Contact Me form. I’ll contact and post the winner next Friday. The book won’t be mailed till next spring, of course. ;)

Which brings me to the second half of the announcement. The publication date for the moth guide has been officially set for April 3, 2012!

A few online retailers already have pages up for the guide. If you’re the sort to like to take care of these things early so you don’t forget, you can now pre-order your copy from (other sites have pages but no pre-order option).


Author: Seabrooke

Author of Peterson Field Guide to Moths. #WriteOnCon Mastermind. Writer of action/thriller SF/F YA. Story junkie. Nature nut. Tea addict. Mother. Finding happiness in the little things. Twitter: @SeabrookeN / @SeabrookeLeckie

21 thoughts on “Peterson moth guide update, and a contest!”

  1. beautiful cover! I have so many appts. this coming week that I’m not sure if I’ll have time to send in an entry. Hopefully contributing photographers will qualify for a discounted signed copy ;)

  2. Finally!! It’s been such a long wait, but it will be such an awesome guidebook. Congratulations, Seabrooke. I’ll work on an entry to the contest.

  3. I’m actually really amused by the irony – we’re waiting for the guide to come out so we’ll be able to ID what’s on the cover! ;-D
    Matt and I are SO psyched about this! Congratulations, you really have put your heart and soul into this and it must feel great to have the official result in sight!

  4. I’m going to put a link on my blog as well Seabrooke.. and I’ll run a blog post about it soon. This is so very overdue! I have moth guides written in French- that’s how desperate I was for information when I first started out. Took awhile to find the photo, then I’d have to cross reference the text in English. Whew, I’m too old for that much research now ;)

    1. Thanks, Cindy! Can’t wait to get it into eager moth-ers’ hands. :) The Handfield guide is the one I used most often, too. Now I’ve got all the files on my computer, though, which makes it really easy to reference even if they’re not in book form yet. ;)

  5. That looks good. The brown jobs of old, baring Birds, always were a bit boring. Looking forward to this one particularly.

    1. I couldn’t tell you exactly for the macromoths, Vincent, but Covell only offers a very cursory treatment of the micromoths. We’ve included close to 600 micromoth species in our book, and over 900 species of macromoth. Covell had just under 1300 species total, but this included a number of more southern species that won’t be in our guide because they don’t occur, or don’t occur widely, in our range. Ours will be a more comprehensive treatment of the moths that occur in ne. North America. For example, Covell illustrates one species of Xylena swordgrass, while we have three; he shows eight species of Lithophane pinion, while we include fifteen.

  6. I’ll take a swing at the 16 identifications, and when I score the worst you’ll probably send the copy to me, as clearly I will be in the greatest need!

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