Butterfly and Moth Pictures By Species: British Moths


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British Moths

Aethes smeathmanniana

About 1-2mm wide.


TinyMoth.jpg
25th May 2004
Stockley Park

Agapeta hamana


Moth2Top.jpg

Moth2Side.jpg

Moth2.jpg
25th June 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
17th June 2007
Fineshade Woods

Agonopterix arenella


Moth.jpg
2nd May 2009
Tugley Wood

Agriphila tristella


Moth1.jpg

Moth.jpg

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1st August 2007
Horsenden Hill
27th August 2008
Horsenden Hill
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Aleimma loeflingiana


Moth4.jpg
8th June 2007 (~1cm)
Barnhill

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla


AmblyptiliaAcanthadactyla.jpg

Moth4.jpg

HalloweenMoth.jpg

AmblyptiliaAcanthadactyla.jpg

Moth.jpg
30th July 2003
Kenton
10th August 2004
Kenton
31st October 2004
Kenton
2nd August 2005
Kenton
15th August 2008
Kenton

AmblyptiliaAcanthadactyla1.jpg

AmblyptiliaAcanthadactyla2.jpg

Amblyptilia.jpg
17th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton
18th March 2009
Kenton

Ancylis badiana

A 1cm tortrix family moth.


AncylisBadianaTop.jpg

AncylisBadianaSide.jpg
20th May 2009 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

A spectacularly patterned moth about 2.5-3cm long.


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22nd April 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton
3rd - 4th October 2013 - Same Moth.
Preston Road tube station

Antler (Cerapteryx graminis)


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3rd August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Apple Ermine (Yponomeuta malinellus)

It is rather hard to tell many of the Ermine moths apart. So there is a chance this identification could be wrong.


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9th August 2015 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Apple Leaf Miner (Lyonetia clerkella)


Moth4.jpg
8th August 2008
Kenton

Argent & Sable (Rheumaptera hastata)


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4th June 2014
Grass Point, Isle of Mull
17th May 2016 - Same Moth.
Bentley Wood

Argyresthia goedartella


Moth6.jpg
28th May 2009 (~2-3mm)
Kenton

August Thorn (Ennomos quercinaria)


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6th August 2013 - Same Moth.
Regents Park

Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis cerasana)


Moth4.jpg
20th June 2009
Kenton

Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella)

This moth is about 3cm long and the males and females look quite different in colour / patterning.


Moth2Top.jpg

Moth2Bottom.jpg

Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

BeeMoth.jpg

BeeMoth.jpg
27th May 2005 - Same Moth.
Kenton
9th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton
20th June 2009
Kenton
15th August 2009
Kenton

Black Arches (Lymantria monacha)


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30th July 2016
Lasham Airfield

Blastobasis adustella

Looks similar to the White Shouldered House Moth but the patterns are slightly different.


Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg
4th August 2008 - Same Moth
Kenton

Bordered White (Bupalus piniaria)


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28th jUNE 2012
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)


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BrimstoneMoth1.jpg

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BrimstoneMoth3.jpg

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26th April 2009
Kenton
30th April 2009 - Same Moth
Kenton
15th August 2009
Kenton

Brown China Mark (Elophila nymphaeata)


Moth1.jpg
7th June 2008
Barnhill

Brown House-Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)


AfterDarkMoth2.jpg

Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

Moth3.jpg

P1270675.jpg
7th June 2004
Kenton
4th August 2008
Kenton
8th August 2008
Kenton
8th August 2008
Kenton
23rd August 2016
Kenton

Brown Silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata)


Moth.jpg

BrownSilverLine.jpg

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9th June 2006
Catfield
2nd May 2009
Tugley Wood
3rd June 2014
Ardery, Ardnamurchan
3rd June 2014
Ariundle, Ardnamurchan

Brown Tail (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)


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30th April 2012 - Same Caterpillars.
Holme

Burnet Companion (Euclidia glyphica)

This moth, approximately 3cm in size tends to appear in the same areas that the Burnet appears.


Moth2.jpg

BurnetCompanion.jpg

BurnetCompanion1.jpg

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4th June 2003
Stockley Park
24th May 2004
Stockley Park
27th May 2004
Stockley Park
27th May 2004
Stockley Park
24th May 2007
Horsenden Hill
2nd June 2007
Barnhill

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BurnetCompanion.jpg

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P1150653.jpg

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P1160047.jpg
5th May 2009
Horsenden Hill
26th May 2010
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
20th June 2014
Regents Park
16th May 2015
Ivinghoe Beacon
4th June 2015
Regents Park
11th June 2015
Regents Park

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19th June 2016 - Same Moth.
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis)


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3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016 (Bottom)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Carcina quercana


Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

Moth1c.jpg

Moth8Top.jpg

Moth8Bottom.jpg

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16th August 2004 - Same Moth.
Kenton
8th August 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton
18th July 2016
Hendon

Carnation Tortrix (Cacoecimorpha pronubana)

A 1cm moth that I found on a hedge.

MaleCarnationTortrix1.jpg

MaleCarnationTortrix2.jpg

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MaleCarnationTortrix2.jpg

CarnationTortrix.jpg
22nd April 2007 - Same Moth (Male).
Kenton
27th April 2007 - Same Moth (Male).
Kenton
11th May 2008 - Male.
Kenton

Celypha lacunana


Moth2.jpg

Moth3.jpg

Moth1.jpg
8th June 2007
Park Wood
8th June 2007
Park Wood
10th June 2007
Glapthorne Cow Pasture

Chalk Carpet (Scotopteryx bipunctaria)


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31st July 2016
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata)


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19th June 2016 - Same Moth.
Bison Hill
9th July 2016
Incombe Hole

Chrysoteuchia culmella


Moth.jpg

Moth.jpg

Moth3.jpg

Moth.jpg

ChrysoteuchiaCulmella.jpg

CCulmella.jpg

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7th June 2004
Stockley Park
2nd June 2007
Barnhill
10th June 2007
Glapthorne Cow Pasture
19th July 2007
Horsenden Hill
24th June 2008
Horsenden Hill
25th June 2009
Horsenden Hill
Kenton

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

This is a large and pretty moth about 3-4cm in size. Both the larvae and the adult are striking, and unmistakeable once familiar with it. The adult is nocturnal, but can be found during the day.


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21st July 2003 - Larvae.
Stockley Park
26th May 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
8th June 2004
Stockley Park
9th June 2004
Stockley Park
14th June 2004
Stockley Park
15th July 2004 - Larva.
Stockley Park

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CinnabarLarvae.jpg

Cinnabar.jpg

CinnabarMoth.jpg

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16th July 2004 - Larva.
Stockley Park
16th July 2004 - Larvae.
Stockley Park
29th May 2005
Lasham Airfield
7th July 2005
Barnhill
7th July 2005
Barnhill
10th July 2007
Grove Farm

Cinnabars1.jpg

Cinnabars2.jpg

Cinnabar.jpg

IMG_1609.jpg

P1040593.jpg

P1050584.jpg
21st July 2007
Barnhill
21st July 2007
Barnhill
3rd June 2010
Park Corner Heath
6th July 2013
Horsenden Hill
1st June 2014
Near Craignure, Isle of Mull
4th June 2014
Grass Point, Isle of Mull

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19th July 2015
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Clepsis consimilana


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

Moth3.jpg
28th May 2009
Kenton
28th May 2009
Kenton
28th May 2009
Kenton

Clouded Border (Lomaspilis marginata)


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P1050574.jpg
3rd June 2014
Ariundle, Ardnamurchan
4th June 2014
Grass Point, Isle of Mull

Clouded Buff (Diacrisia sannio)


Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg
20th June 2010 - Same Moth
Chobham Common

Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata)


CloudedSilver.jpg
28th May 2009
Strumpshaw Fen

Cochylimorpha straminea


Moth2.jpg
3rd June 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Coleophora serratella

This small dark moth is a hard one to 100% identify. Easy to confuse with other Coleophora moths.


P1170944.jpg
9th August 2015
Kenton

Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata)


CommonCarpet1.jpg

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Moth.jpg

CommonCarpet.jpg

P1050205.jpg

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15th May 2006
Aldbury Nowers
15th May 2006
Aldbury Nowers
11th August 2007
Oakley Wood
31st May 2008
Seven Barrows
3rd June 2014
Ariundle, Ardnamurchan
31st July 2016
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

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P1270232.jpg

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3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
8th August 2016 - Same Moth
Speybridge

Common Emerald (Hemithea aestivaria)


CommonEmerald1.jpg

CommonEmerald2.jpg

CommonEmerald3.jpg
10th June 2006 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Common Footman (Eilema lurideola)


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3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Common Heath (Ematurga atomaria)


Moth.jpg

Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

Moth3.jpg

P1160791.jpg
16th June 2006
Chobham Common
20th June 2010 - Same Moth.
Chobham Common
20th June 2010
Esher Common
3rd July 2015
Chobham Common

Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)


CommonQuaker1.jpg

CommonQuaker2.jpg

CommonQuaker3.jpg
31st March 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)

This is hard to tell apart from the Lesser Common Rustic so there is a chance these could be one of them.


Moth1.jpg

IMG_1895.jpg

P1250860.jpg

P1250916.jpg

P1250842.jpg

P1260774.jpg
27th June 2005
Kenton
19th August 2013
Kenton
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016 (Background)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

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7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus)


CommonSwift1.jpg

CommonSwift2.jpg
10th June 2007 - Same Moth.
Glapthorne Cow Pasture

Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens)


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P1260724.jpg

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P1260813.jpg
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

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7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea)

Note that this moth is very similar to the Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera). So there is a chance that it could be that.


LargeYellowUnderwingTop.jpg

LargeYellowUnderwingBottom.jpg
6th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Crambus lathoniellus


Moth.jpg

Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg
8th June 2004
Stockley Park
31st May 2008
Seven Barrows
31st May 2008
Seven Barrows

Crambus pascuella


Moth6.jpg
20th June 2009
Kenton

Crambus perlella


MothSide.jpg

MothTop.jpg

Moth2.jpg

Moth2.jpg
22nd June 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
20th August 2008
Kenton
8th August 2009
Kenton

Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)


P1250877.jpg
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella)


Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg
20th June 2009 - Same Moth (1cm)
Kenton

Dichrorampha petiverella


P1160044.jpg
11th June 2015
Regents Park

Dipleurina lacustrata


Moth2.jpg

Moth9.jpg
1st July 2007 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

Dotted Clay (Xestia baja)


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P1250887.jpg

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3rd August 2016 (Right)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016 (Left)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

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7th August 2016 (Left)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum)


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3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Double-Striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)


Moth1.jpg

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Moth1.jpg

Moth4.jpg

Moth.jpg

DblStripedPug.jpg

Moth7.jpg
10th August 2004
Kenton
17th August 2004
Kenton
16th August 2008
Kenton
16th August 2008
Kenton
17th August 2008
Kenton
5th April 2009
Kenton
8th August 2009
Kenton

Dusky Sallow (Eremobia ochroleuca)


DuskySallow1a.jpg

DuskySallow1b.jpg

DuskySallow2.jpg
31st July 2009
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Dwarf Cream Wave (Idaea fuscovenosa)


Moth9.jpg

P1160175.jpg
20th June 2009
Kenton
21st June 2015
Hendon

Eana incanana


Moth3.jpg
27th June 2005
Kenton

Emmelina monodactyla


Moth5a.jpg

Moth5b.jpg

P1230819.jpg
8th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton
18th July 2016
Hendon

Epagoge grotiana


Moth5a.jpg

Moth5b.jpg
20th June 2009 - Same Moth
Kenton

Epermenia chaerophyllella


Moth4.jpg

Moth6.jpg
8th August 2009 - Same Moth
Kenton

Esperia sulphurella


MothTop.jpg

MothSide.jpg
18th April 2005 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Eudonia mercurella


Moth2.jpg

Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

EMercurellaTop.jpg

EMercurellaBottom.jpg

Moth7.jpg
27th June 2005
Kenton
8th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton
20th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton
20th June 2009
Kenton

Moth8.jpg

P1260762.jpg

P1260768.jpg
20th June 2009
Kenton
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Five-Spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii)

About 2-3cm long, and looks rather similar to the Six-Spot Burnet moth. The red spots seem almost transparent and in the sun are particularly eye catching against the dark body. When it opens its wings the scarlet red hind wings are revealed. Note that it is possible some of these could be the Narrow Bordered Five Spot Burnet (Zygaena lonicerae). Especially those from Horsenden Hill. I have not yet conclusively determined the difference between the two species, so all the pics are here for now.


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5SpotBurnetTop2.jpg

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5SpotBurnet2.jpg

5SpotBurnet.jpg
8th July 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
7th July 2005 - Same Moth.
Barnhill
27th June 2006
Barnhill

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5SpotBurnet1.jpg

5SpotBurnet2.jpg

5SpotBurnet1.jpg

5SpotBurnet2a.jpg

5SpotBurnet2b.jpg
27th June 2007
Horsenden Hill
1st July 2007 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill
17th June 2008
Horsenden Hill
17th June 2008 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

Mating5SpotBurnets1.jpg

Mating5SpotBurnets2.jpg

5SpotBurnet1.jpg

AdonisBurnet.jpg

Burnets1a.jpg

Burnets1b.jpg
23rd June 2008 - Same Mating Pair.
Horsenden Hill
9th May 2009
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 (Right)
Denbies Hillside
15th June 2009 - Same Moths.
Horsenden Hill

Burnets2.jpg

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15th June 2009 - Mating Pair, top one with fused spots.
Horsenden Hill
20th June 2014 - Same Moth on left.
Regents Park

Garden Tiger (Arctia caja)


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6th June 2014
Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles

Gold Triangle (Hypsopygia costalis)


Moth4.jpg
1st July 2007
Horsenden Hill

Grapholita compositella

This tiny moth is about 2mm wide and has striking white stripes across its back.


Moth.jpg
27th May 2004
Stockley Park

Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae)


IMG_5858.jpg
14th October 2011
Lasham Airfield

Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria)


Moth.jpg
25th May 2008
Seven Barrows

Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella)

Small (~1cm) moth with very long antennae (especially the males). These ones seen in swarms around Oak trees and Hawthorn bushes.

Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

GreenLonghorn.jpg

MaleGreenLonghorn.jpg
12th April 2007 - Male
Horsenden Hill
12th April 2007 - Male
Horsenden Hill
17th April 2007 - Male
Grove Farm
21st April 2007 - Male
Ivinghoe Beacon

Green Oak Tortrix (Tortrix viridana)


GreenOakTortrix.jpg

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GreenOakTortrix.jpg

GreenOakTortrix.jpg

GreenOakTortrix1.jpg

GreenOakTortrix2.jpg
28th June 2006
Park Wood
1st June 2007
Park Wood
8th June 2007
Park Wood
9th June 2008
Horsenden Hill
1st June 2009
Horsenden Hill
1st June 2009
Horsenden Hill

Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata)


AfterDarkMoth3.jpg

GreenPugTop.jpg

GreenPugBottom.jpg
7th June 2004
Kenton
24th May 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Hebrew Character

This moth is named after the marking on its wings that looks like the Hebrew letter 'Nun'. note that the Spanish sighting is included here as it also occurs in the UK and is a moth I've always wanted to see.


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IMG_6753.jpg
23rd March 2015 - Same Moth.
Aerodromo de Santa Cilia, Spain

Homoeosoma sinuella


Moth1.jpg
16th June 2004
Stockley Park

Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner (Cameraria ohridella)

A 0.5cm moth that can be found resting on or under Horse Chestnut leaves.


Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

Moth2.jpg

HCLeafMiner1.jpg

HCLeafMiner2.jpg

HCLeafMiner1.jpg

HCLeafMiner2.jpg
22nd April 2007 - Same Moth.
Kenton
22nd April 2007
Kenton
27th April 2007 - Same Moth.
Kenton
1st August 2007
Kenton
1st August 2007
Kenton

Hummingbird Hawk Moth


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18th September 2014 - Same Moth
Eden Project, Cornwall

Hypochalcia ahenella


Moth1.jpg
3rd June 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers Nature Reserve

Lace Border (Scopula ornata)

A pretty 2cm moth.


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg
2nd June 2006 - Same Moth.
Denbies Hillside

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)


Moth.jpg

Moth1.jpg

CaterpillarSide.jpg

CaterpillarTop.jpg

CaterpillarHead.jpg
22nd June 2005
Gunnersbury Park
17th June 2007
Glapthorn Cow Pasture
1st March 2009 - Same Caterpillar.
Kenton

LargeYellowUnderwing1a.jpg

LargeYellowUnderwing1b.jpg

LargeYellowUnderwing1c.jpg

P1070781.jpg

IMG_1357.jpg

P1250918.jpg
15th August 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton
28th July 2014
Hendon
21st June 2016
Kenton
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

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P1250842.jpg

P1260720.jpg

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3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016 (Botom Left Scrum)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

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P1260800.jpg

P1260802.jpg
7th August 2016 (Right)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata)


Moth.jpg

P1170301.jpg

P1170698.jpg
4th July 2005
Kenton
11th July 2015
Kenton
23rd July 2015
Kenton

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe)


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P1250890.jpg

P1260795.jpg

P1260808.jpg
3rd August 2016 (Top)
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)


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P1260740.jpg

P1260743.jpg
3rd August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
7th August 2016 - Same Moth
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Lesser Treble Bar (Aplocera efformata)

This moth and the Treble Bar (Aplocera plagiata) moth are hard to tell apart.


LesserTrebleBar.jpg
14th May 2006
Aldbury Nowers

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)


Moth6.jpg
1st July 2007 - Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)
Horsenden Hill

Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea)


P1260752.jpg
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)


AfterDarkMoth1.jpg

LightBrownAppleMoth.jpg

MaleLightBrownApple.jpg

MaleLightBrownAppleUnderside.jpg
7th June 2004 - Male
Kenton
9th August 2004 - Female
Kenton
26th May 2005 - Same Moth (Male).
Kenton

Moth.jpg

Moth1.jpg

MaleLightBrownAppleMoth.jpg

LBAppleMoth.jpg
20th May 2008 - Male
Horsenden Hill
6th August 2008 - Female
Kenton
28th May 2009 - Male
Kenton
30th May 2009 - Male
Kenton

Lime Hawk Moth (Mimas tiliae)

This is a huge moth at aprox 6cm across. Those wings and its shape give me the impression of a cross between a bat and a stealth fighter rather than a moth.


LimeHawkMoth.jpg

LimeHawkCatTop.jpg

LimeHawkCatSide.jpg

LimeHawkCatHead.jpg
7th June 2004
Stockley Park
25th Sugust 2009 - Same Caterpillar.
Horsenden Hill

Lime Speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata)


Moth3.jpg
11th August 2004
Kenton

Magpie (Abraxas grossulariata)


Magpie1a.jpg

Magpie1b.jpg
8th August 2009
Hell Coppice

Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica)


Moth.jpg

Moth1.jpg

Moth2Top.jpg

Moth2Bottom.jpg

MarbledBeauty.jpg
8th August 2004
Kenton
11th August 2004
Kenton
16th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton
20th August 2008
Kenton

MarbledBeauty1.jpg

MarbledBeauty2.jpg

MarbledBeauty3.jpg

MarbledBeauty.jpg

P1070983.jpg

P1070996.jpg
30th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton
15th August 2008
Kenton
13th August 2014 - Same Moth.
Hendon

P1270684.jpg
23rd August 2016
Kenton

Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana)


Moth.jpg
31st May 2004
Barnhill

Marbled White Spot (Deltote pygarga)


P1230540.jpg
6th July 2016
Park Wood

Monopis obviella


MothTop.jpg

MothSide.jpg

Moth4a.jpg

Moth4b.jpg
1st May 2009
Kenton
28th May 2009
Kenton

Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis)


Moth.jpg
12th August 2008
Horsenden Hill

Mother Shipton (Callistege mi)

Similar in size (~3cm) to the Burnet Companion but lighter in colour and intricately patterned.


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

MotherShipton.jpg

MotherShipton.jpg

MotherShipton.jpg
26th May 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
10th May 2006
Ivinghoe Beacon
14th May 2006
Aldbury Nowers
3rd June 2006
Bison Hill

MotherShipton1a.jpg

MotherShipton1b.jpg

MotherShipton1c.jpg

MotherShipton1d.jpg
9th May 2009 - Same Moth.
Denbies Hillside

Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)

This is about 6cm in size and can be quite variable in appearance.


Moth.jpg
26th June 2005
Lasham Airfield

Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica)

This particular ~2cm moth is sexually dimorphic. Males are brown and females are white.


Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg
17th May 2007 - Same Moth (Female).
Horsenden Hill

Mullein Wave (Scopula marginepunctata)


Moth3.jpg

Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg
20th August 2008
Kenton
30th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Nemophora degeerella

A moth similar in size and dimensions to the Green Longhorn but dark with a white stripe. The males have very long antennae while the females have shorter antennae.


Moth2.jpg

NDegeerella1.jpg

NDegeerella2.jpg

NDegeerella3.jpg

P1160024.jpg

P1160027.jpg
10th June 2007 - Male
Glapthorne Cow Pasture
8th June 2009 - Same Moth (Male).
Horsenden Hill
10th June 2015
Regents Park
10th June 2015
Regents Park

P1160028.jpg

P1160035.jpg

P1160037.jpg

P1230074.jpg

P1230075.jpg

P1230079.jpg
10th June 2015
Regents Park
10th June 2015
Regents Park
10th June 2015
Regents Park
19th June 2016 - Same Moths.
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana)

A ~0.5cm moth often seen around Nettle clumps.


Moth2.jpg

Moth3.jpg

Moth.jpg

NettleTap.jpg

P1030150.jpg

P1230085.jpg
7th June 2008
Barnhill
7th June 2008
Barnhill
28th July 2008
Oversley Wood
19th September 2008
Barnhill
4th May 2014
Bison Hill
19th June 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers

November Moth (Epirrita dilutata)

This ~1.5cm moth is hard to tell from the Autumnal Moth, E. autumnata, and Pale November Moth, E. chrystyi so there is a chance it could be one of them instead.


Moth.jpg
10th October 2009
Ballater

Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina)

Approximately 1.5cm long with crossing diagonal white stripes across its wings.


Moth2.jpg

Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg

Moth1.jpg

Moth1.jpg

OrangeSwift1a.jpg

OrangeSwift1b.jpg
10th August 2004
Kenton
11th August 2004 - Same Moth.
Kenton
19th August 2008
Kenton
20th August 2008
Kenton
15th August 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Orange Underwing (Archiearis parthenias)

Similar in size to Small Copper butterfly and flies and basks like a butterfly too.


OrangeUnderwing1.jpg

OrangeUnderwing2.jpg
15th March 2009 - Same Moth.
Foxley Grove, Welwyn North

Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis)


Moth3Top.jpg

Moth3Bottom.jpg
20th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Pale Oak Beauty (Hypomecis punctinalis)


Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg
26th May 2005 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Parsnip Moth (Depressaria heraclei)


CaterpillarTop.jpg

CaterpillarSide.jpg
22nd June 2004 - Same Caterpillar.
Stockley Park

Pea Moth (Cydia nigricana)


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg
2nd June 2004
Stockley Park
2nd June 2004
Stockley Park

Platyptilia pallidactyla

This moth kind of reminds me of a vintage fixed wing aircraft, because of the way its wings stick out sideways.


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

PlatyptiliaPallidactyla.jpg

PlatyptiliaPallidactyla.jpg
11th July 2003 - Same Moth (2-3cm across).
Stockley Park
11th June 2004
Stockley Park
16th June 2004
Stockley Park

Poplar Hawk Moth (Laothoe populi)

This is a huge moth at aprox 6cm across.


Moth.jpg
12th July 2006
Friern Barnet, North London

Purple-bordered Gold (Idaea muricata)

A small 1-2cm neon purple and gold moth that inhabits heath land.


Moth.jpg
23rd July 2008
Chobham Common

Pyrausta aurata

Pyrausta aurata and Pyrausta purpuralis are very similar. It's possible this could be P. purpuralis.


YellowSpottedMoth.jpg
7th August 2003
Kenton

Pyrausta despicata


IMG_6141.jpg
30th April 2012
Holme

Pyrausta nigrata


PyraustaNigrata.jpg

Moth1.jpg
14th May 2006
Aldbury nowers
10th August 2008
Aston Rowant

Pyrausta purpuralis

Pyrausta aurata and Pyrausta purpuralis are very similar. P. purpuralis is identified in this case by the cream spots on the hindwings above the cream lines. If these spots are not visible then it is hard to tell the two species apart.


Pyrausta.jpg

Moth.jpg

P1250485.jpg

P1250486.jpg

P1250489.jpg
9th May 2008
Totternhoe Knolls
31st July 2009
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
31st July 2016 - Same Moth.
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Riband Wave (Idaea aversata)

At about 3cm across this moth comes in 2 forms - one with a dark band across its wings, and plainer one with just a pair of thin lines across the wings.


Moth4Top.jpg

Moth4Bottom.jpg

RibandWave.jpg

RibandWave.jpg

RibandTop.jpg

RibandBottom.jpg
27th June 2005 - Same Moth.
Kenton
20th July 2005
Kenton
24th July 2005
Lasham Airfield
28th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

IMG_8025.jpg

P1230813.jpg

P1250880.jpg
21st July 2015
Kenton
18th July 2016
Hendon
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

This caterpillar is approx 2cm long.


BrownCaterpillar1.jpg

BrownCaterpillar2.jpg

RubyTiger1.jpg

RubyTiger2.jpg

RubyTiger3.jpg

RubyTiger4.jpg

img_3247.jpg
10th October 2007 - Same Caterpillar
Aboyne Airfield
16th October 2008 - Same Caterpillar
Horsenden Hill
6th October 2009
East slope of Meall a' Bhuachaille near Cairngorm, Scotland.

Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella)

A 1cm migrant pyralid.


Moth.jpg
9th September 2009
Horsenden Hill

Rusty Dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis)

A 2cm migrant moth that can appear at almost any time of the year.


P1280720.jpg

P1280724.jpg
19th December 2016 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria)


Moth5a.jpg

Moth5b.jpg
1st July 2007 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)

A 2-3cm moth with markings that look a bit like the hebrew letter 'Nun'.


Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg
19th September 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Shaded Broad-Bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata)


Moth.jpg

ShadedBroadBar.jpg
11th July 2005
Crooked Mile
14th July 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata)

Very similar to Common Carpet but with a whiter ground colour.


SilverGroundCarpet.jpg

Moth2a.jpg

Moth2b.jpg

Moth2c.jpg

SilverGroundCarpet.jpg

P1050509.jpg
26th June 2008
Kenton
10th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Aston Rowant
24th August 2009
Kenton
4th June 2014
Fishnish, Isle of Mull

P1230410.jpg

P1250616.jpg

P1250886.jpg

P1260512.jpg
3rd July 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers
2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
5th August 2016
Banchor

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)


Moth1.jpg

SilverY1.jpg

SilverY2.jpg

SilverY.jpg

SilverY.jpg

SilverY.jpg
4th June 2003
Stockley Park
7th June 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
9th June 2004
Stockley Park
28th August 2005
Bicester Airfield
14th July 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers

SilverY.jpg

SilverY1a.jpg

SilverY1b.jpg

SilverYTop.jpg

SilverYBottom.jpg

SilverYSide.jpg
24th June 2008
Horsenden Hill
13th July 2009 - Same Moth.
Lulworth Cove
7th August 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Caterpillar1a.jpg

Caterpillar1b.jpg

P1250529.jpg
9th August 2009 - Same Caterpillar.
Kenton
31st July 2016
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Single-Dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata)


Moth2.jpg
1st August 2007
Kenton

Sitochroa palealis


MothFront.jpg

MothSide.jpg

MothUnderside.jpg
8th July 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park

Sitochroa verticalis


Moth1Underside.jpg

Moth1Top.jpg

Moth.jpg
25th June 2004 - Same Moth.
Stockley Park
10th July 2007
Grove Farm

Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

About 2-3cm long, and looks rather similar to the Five-Spot Burnet moth. The red spots seem almost transparent and in the sun are particularly eye catching against the dark body. When it opens its wings the scarlet red hind wings are revealed.


BurnetMoth.jpg

6SpotBurnet.jpg

6SpotBurnetsMating.jpg

6SpotBurnet1.jpg

6SpotBurnet2.jpg

6SpotBurnets.jpg
10th July 2003
Stockley Park
18th July 2005
Sharpenhoe Clappers
18th July 2005 - 2 Moths Mating.
Sharpenhoe Clappers
22nd July 2005 - Same Moth.
Lasham Airfield
14th July 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers

6SpotBurnet.jpg

6SpotBurnet1.jpg

6SpotBurnet2.jpg

6SpotBurnet.jpg

BurnetPupa.jpg

BurnetCaterpillarTop.jpg

BurnetCaterpillarSide.jpg
1st August 2007
Horsenden Hill
4th August 2007 - Same Moth
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
3rd July 2008
Horsenden Hill
17th June 2010 - Pupa
Collard Hill
17th June 2010 - Same Caterpillar
Collard Hill

IMG_1833.jpg

IMG_1834.jpg

IMG_1834_Zoom.jpg

IMG_1836.jpg

P1070333.jpg
21st July 2013 - Freshly Emerged Mating Pair
Sharpenhoe Clappers
21st July 2013 - Same Emerging Moth
Sharpenhoe Clappers
21st July 2013
Sharpenhoe Clappers
2nd July 2014
Regents Park

P1160326.jpg

P1160330.jpg

P1170328.jpg

P1170333.jpg

P1170346.jpg
25th June 2015 - Same Moth
Regents Park
16th July 2015 - Same Moth
Regents Park
16th July 2015 (Right)
Regents Park

P1170350.jpg

P1170352.jpg

P1170358.jpg

P1230607.jpg

P1250439.jpg

P1250469.jpg
16th July 2015 - Same Moth (Bottom)
Regents Park
16th July 2015
Regents Park
9th July 2016
Incombe Hole
31st July 2016
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
31st July 2016
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

P1260061.jpg

P1260113.jpg

P1260171.jpg
3rd August 2016
Findhorn Dunes
3rd August 2016
Findhorn Dunes
3rd August 2016
Burghead

Small Blood-Vein (Scopula imitaria)

2-3cm in size, with its shape and vein crossing all 4 wings in line being its primary characteristics.

SmallBloodVein.jpg

SmallBloodVein.jpg

IMG_2849.jpg
3rd September 2005
Kenton
26th June 2007
Kenton
30th July 2016
Lasham Airfield

Small Dusty Wave (Idaea seriata)


Moth2.jpg

SmallDustyWaveTop.jpg

SmallDustyWaveBottom.jpg

P1080270.jpg
16th June 2004
Kenton
23rd May 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton
7th September 2014
Hendon

Small Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila porcellus)


SmallElephantHawkMoth1.jpg

SmallElephantHawkMoth2.jpg

SmallElephantHawkMoth3.jpg
18th May 2007 - Same Moth.
Holme Dunes NNR

Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata)


P1250914.jpg
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Small Purple-Barred (Phytometra viridaria)


Moth.jpg
25th May 2006
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata)


Moth.jpg

Moth1.jpg

SmallYellowUnderwing1.jpg

SmallYellowUnderwing2.jpg

SmallYellowUnderwing3.jpg

SmallYellowUnderwing.jpg
16th May 2007
Horsenden Hill
17th May 2007
Horsenden Hill
20th May 2008 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill
5th May 2009
Horsenden Hill

Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura)


P1250875.jpg
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia)


SpeckledYellowMoth1.jpg

SpeckledYellowMoth2.jpg

SpeckledYellow.jpg

SpeckledYellow.jpg

P1050218.jpg
2nd June 2006
Tugley Wood
2nd June 2006
Tugley Wood
23rd May 2008
Park Corner Heath
3rd June 2010
Park Corner Heath
3rd June 2014
Ariundle, Ardnamurchan

P1220443.jpg

P1220551.jpg
17th May 2016
Bentley Wood
17th May 2016
Bentley Wood

Spindle Ermine (Yponomeuta cagnagella)


Caterpillars.jpg
31st May 2004
Barnhill

Square Spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa)


Moth2.jpg

Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

Moth1c.jpg
28th August 2005
Bicester Airfield
30th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)

Approx 1.5cm long moth.


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

Moth1.jpg

StrawDot.jpg

StrawDot.jpg
1st June 2007
Park Wood
1st June 2007
Park Wood
8th June 2007
Park Wood
24th June 2008
Horsenden Hill
7th August 2009
Kenton

Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura)


Moth3a.jpg

Moth3b.jpg

StrawUnderwing1a.jpg

StrawUnderwing1b.jpg

StrawUnderwing1c.jpg
10th August 2004 - Same Moth.
Kenton
8th August 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)


P1070718.jpg
27th July 2014
Hendon

Tachystola acroxantha


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

TachystolaAcroxantha.jpg

Moth5.jpg

Moth5.jpg
27th May 2005
Kenton
6th August 2008
Kenton
20th August 2008
Kenton
28th May 2009
Kenton
8th August 2009
Kenton

Tawny Speckled Pug (Eupithecia icterata)

I'm not 100% sure of this ID as the 7th August individual is rather worn. The size and shape fits though.


Moth.jpg
7th August 2009
Kenton

The Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)


P1110178.jpg
2nd January 2015
Hendon

The Clay (Mythimna ferrago)


Moth7a.jpg

Moth7b.jpg
1st July 2007 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

The Drinker (Euthrix potatoria)

The name comes from the caterpillar's habit of drinking dew drops. The caterpillar can be more than 4cm long by it's final instar.


Caterpillar.jpg

P1030118.jpg
4th May 2005
Sharpenhoe Clappers
4th May 2014
Bison Hill

The Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)


P1250847.jpg
3rd August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

The Streak (Chesias legatella)

A late season 1.5cm moth found in areas where Broom grows.


Moth1a.jpg

Moth1b.jpg

Moth1c.jpg
13th October 2009 - Same Moth.
Deeside Gliding Club

Thistle Ermine (Myelois circumvoluta)


Moth3a.jpg

Moth3b.jpg

Ermine.jpg
17th June 2007 - Same Moth.
Fineshade Woods
8th August 2009
Kenton

Tortricodes alternella


MothTop.jpg

MothSide.jpg

MothUnder.jpg
2nd March 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Trachycera advenella


Moth3.jpg
4th August 2008
Kenton

Treble Bar (Aplocera plagiata) (or Lesser Treble Bar (Aplocera efformata))

The Treble Bar and Lesser Treble bar are hard to tell apart.


Moth1.jpg

Moth.jpg

TrebleBar.jpg
28th August 2005
Bicester Airfield
29th August 2005
Bicester Airfield
28th May 2009
Strumpshaw Fen

Udea lutealis


P1260492.jpg

P1260739.jpg
5th August 2016
Banchor
7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn

Udea olivalis


Moth2Top.jpg

Moth2Bottom.jpg
20th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Kenton

Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua)


Caterpillar.jpg
22nd April 2007 - 0.5cm early instar caterpillar on the underside of a Horse Chestnut leaf.
Kenton

Varied Coronet (Hadena compta)


Moth3.jpg

Moth8.jpg
1st July 2007 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda)


WhiteErmine1.jpg

WhiteErmine2.jpg
11th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Horsenden Hill

White-Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)


Moth1.jpg

Moth2.jpg

Moth.jpg

P1130271.jpg

P1130277.jpg

P1130281.jpg
26th May 2005
Kenton
19th August 2008
Kenton
29th September 2009
Kenton
18th April 2015 - Same Moth.
Hendon

Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)


WillowBeauty1.jpg

WillowBeauty2.jpg
8th June 2009 - Same Moth.
Greenford

Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata)

A small moth that flies in the winter. (Well the male flies. The female is virtually wingless so can't...)

Moth.jpg

Moth.jpg

WinterMoth1.jpg

WinterMoth2.jpg

WinterMoth3.jpg
27th November 2006 - Male
Kenton
14th December 2006 - Male
Kenton
20th December 2008 - Same Moth (Male).
Kenton

Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata)


YellowShell.jpg

YellowShell.jpg

YellowShell.jpg

YellowShell.jpg

YellowShell.jpg
18th June 2004
Stockley Park
21st June 2004
Stockley Park
15th July 2004
Stockley Park
11th August 2004
Kenton
3rd June 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers

Moth3Top.jpg

Moth3Bottom.jpg

YellowShell.jpg

P1080261.jpg

IMG_8137.jpg
16th August 2008 - Same Moth.
Kenton
8th August 2009
Kenton
7th September 2014
Lasham Airfield
9th August 2015
Hendon

Yellow Tail (Euproctis similis)


MothTop.jpg

MothSide.jpg

Caterpillar1.jpg

Caterpillar2a.jpg

Caterpillar2b.jpg
23rd July 2005 - Same Moth (Male).
Lasham Airfield
17th June 2007
Fermyn Woods
17th June 2007 - Same Caterpillar.
Fineshade Woods