My moth collection is rather meagre because it’s resulted from opportunism, rather than being built by my actually seeking moths out. I don’t set moth traps for the night flying moths and, thus, I am limited to day flying moths or any that we happen to spot resting, waiting for the hours of darkness.

Perhaps for the same reason, I’m a self confessed moth numbskull who’s rubbish at identifying them. Thus, for many of these identifications I am indebted to our county moth recorders at the BNHS and to iSpot.

The sequence here follows that of the Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (Townsend/Waring), with foreign species shoehorned in with the appropriate family (I hope).


Six-spot Burnet Zygaena fausta Zygaena loti Zygaena romeo Red-tipped Clearwing
Riband Wave Garden Carpet Silver-ground Carpet Common Carpet Yellow Shell
November Moth Double-striped Pug Chimney Sweeper [Lesser] Treble Bar Clouded Border
Latticed Heath Speckled Yellow Feathered Thorn Pale Brindled Beauty Spring Usher
Feathered Beauty Common Heath Hummingbird Hawkmoth Lesser Swallow Prominent
Black Arches Pale Tussock
Yellow-tail Dingy Footman Cream-spot Tiger Clouded Buff
Cinnabar Large Yellow Underwing Pine Beauty Cucullia santolinae
Mellein Moth Dotted Chestnut Copper Underwing Nut-tree Tussock Silver-Y
Red Underwing Burnet Companion Mother Shipton Straw Dot Snout
Lythria cruentaria



Amblyptilia Diurnea fagella Longhorn Moth

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