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

I am 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, iSpot and more recently iNaturalist. I have resorted to an accursed app [Obsidentify] for some help, too, but regard it with some suspicion.

Sequencing such collections drives me nuts. I used to follow that of the Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (Townsend/Waring), foreign species being shoehorned in, but I found it difficult deciding if I had a repeat or not. So, I now stick to going alphabetically by scientific name. That makes much more sense for foreign jobs, anyway.

Agriopis leucophaearia Amasta phegea Amphipyra pyramidea
Aplocera sp Archiearis parthenias Arctia caja
Arctia villica Aspitates gilvaria Autographa gamma
Callimorpha dominula Callistege mi Calliteara pudibunda
Calliteara pudibunda Calliteara pudibunda Camptogramma bilineata
Catocala elocata Catocala nupta Chiasmia clathrata
Colacasia coryli Colostigia pectinataria Colotois pennaria
Conistra rubiginea Cucullia santolinae Cyligramma latona
Cymbalophora pudica Diacrisia sannio Ectropis bistortata
Eilema griseola Ematurga atomaria Epirrhoe alternata
Epirrita dilutata Eublemma parva Euclidia glyphica
Euproctis similis Euthrix potatoria Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Hemaris fuciformis Hemithea aestivaria Hyloicus pinastri
Hypena proboscidalis Idaea aversata Idaea filicata
Idaea seriata Lomaspilis marginata Lymantria monacha
Lymantria monacha Lythria cruentaria Macroglossum stellatarum
Mythimna unipunctata Noctua pronuba Odezia atrata
Orgyia antiqua Panemeria tenebrata Panolis flammea
Peribatodes ilicaria Peribatodes secundaria Perigune narbonea
Pheosia gnoma Phigalia pilosaria Pseudopanthera macularia
Rivula sericealis Scopula marginepunctata Scotopteryx chenopodiata
Selidosema taeniolaria Shargacucullia verbasci Siona lineata
Synanthedon formicaeformis Thaumetopoea pityocampa Thaumetopoea pityocampa
Timandra comae Tyria jacobaeae Tyria jacobaeae
Xanthorhoe fluctuata Xanthorhoe montanata Zygaena fausta
Zygaena filipendulae Zygaena loti Zygaena trifolii
Zygaena romeo

Micro Moths

Since most micro moths do not have common Names, alphabetical sequence on scientific name is pretty the only option anyway.

Adela reaumurella
Agapeta hamana Agonopterix subpropinquella Alucita hexadactyla
Amblyptilia Anthophila fabriciana Diurnea fagella
Elophila nymphaeata Endotricha flammealis Grapholita jungiella
Nymphula nitidulata (Beautiful China-mark) Tortricodes alternella Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix)

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