Ian Emery - Jun 17th 2013, 8:44pm
Your beginners Top 20 was very useful to me, helping me to identify a moth I have never seen before. Unfortunately it was dead when I found it in the grass of our back lawn. It was the black and red colouring that attracted me to it. From your website I now know it is/was, a Cinnabar moth. I did take some photos to remember it by, but the wings are slightly damaged so it not something for your website. If you need to know things like location, time and date they are Stafford, postcode ST17 9TD, Time 20:50 on 17 June 2013.
Regards, Ian Emery.
John Rutherford - Jun 17th 2013, 7:30pm
I spotted an unusual moth today, on my garden gate. Looking at your site I think it might be a Lime Hawk Moth. I've taken a couple of photos if you'd like me to email them to you.
I live in Moreton on the Wirral Peninsular and wasn't sure if you log such information
email@example.com - Jun 17th 2013, 4:55pm
I have got a moth on my plant I live in a ground floor flat ive got a bird table and some planters.I saw this moth on my plant and looked him up on the internet he is a lime hawk moth but he has not moved at all in the last 2 days still clingling to the same plant I have left him alone
jenny hardy - Jun 15th 2013, 11:00pm
Hi Ian, well done for making such a helpful website! I stubbled across when i was trying to identify a moth i found out my garden path this weekend, i think its a garden tiger moth from looking at your thumbnails!
It was amazing beautiful!
Think i might start a new hobby of moth studying!
Anne Perry - Jun 15th 2013, 7:51am
Perfect, identified what I was looking at in one search (elephant hawk moth). A really useful resource and well laid out site. Thank you.
Liz - Jun 12th 2013, 4:49pm
Hi Ian, I saw a beautiful large moth sitting on the pavement today. From your site it looked very similar to the large elephant hawkmoth in shape but was a brighter green with pink markings on its body. Could it be a hawkmoth? I wish I had taken a photo now and I do hope it survives. If it's still there tomorrow (which I'm sure it won't be!) I will definitely take a photo.
Your web site is amazing - never knew there were so many different moths.
Tim Paine - Jun 7th 2013, 4:37pm
I'm hoping to identify a moth
Malcolm smith - Jun 7th 2013, 12:25am
Eyed Hawk-Moth -- flew into my kitchen tonight manage to trap and release unharmed. Is this type of moth normally found in Glasgow Scotland. I've had a look around many sites and couldn't find an answer. I'm an avid Bird watcher and the moth I trapped was definitely an Eyed Hawk-Moth. The colours were very vivid and beautiful. 06/06/2013 at 0100hrs.
Steven Cheshire - Jun 6th 2013, 10:47pm
Just wondered if you are interested in a record of 1381 Anania funebris at Glasdrum Wood in Scotland, photographed earlier today on a visit to see Chequered Skipper butterfly? Your distribution map shows it as absent from Scotland so not sure how significant this record is? Great web site by the way. I use it all the time for moth ID.
Edward Gill - Jun 3rd 2013, 10:27am
I noticed a beautiful small day-flying moth around the potted plants on the patio last Friday. Trying to identify it using the thumbnails proved difficult with so many to look through. I decided to use the search facility and supplied the keywords; yellow, spot, red. To my amazement, the first resulting image was my moth - Pyrausta aurata! Reading the description, I was surprised to see that it's larvae feed on mint - a new potted mint plant has been growing where I saw the moth! Further research found that the moth does have a common name - the mint moth! I shall not be surprised if I see holes in the mint leaves soon!
Nicola Keech - Jun 2nd 2013, 8:45pm
I found 2 Lime-Hawk moths in my cold frametoday (2 June 2013) I have never seen them before. Your web site was very interesting and solved the mystery for me.
Jenny Scott - May 30th 2013, 8:11pm
More help with identifying larvae please !
James Pam - May 27th 2013, 4:39pm
I have a Skinner Trap and after a very slow start moths are beginning to come to light. I transfer the moths to a perspex specimen box and take photo's of the moth before release. The problem I am having now the weather is starting to warm up is that the moth takes flight as soon as I take the specimen lid off. Some people suggest that putting them in the fridge will calm them down a suggestion my wife is not in support of!! An alternative could be placing a freezer block with the specimen case in a box and waiting till the moths have become torpid. How long would it take for moths to become torpid? I don't want to risk killing them with the cold.
Fran - May 27th 2013, 3:31pm
I was out with my daughter and we saw a strange moth on the wall,so very excited was my daughter at seeing this camouflage moth we set about trying to identify it.we googled British moths and your website came up so we looked at a picture and presto, it was a lime hawk moth.
A brill website well don
Leslie Round - May 20th 2013, 3:34pm
This is a great site. I use it loads to check micro's
Imre Fazekas, editor - May 13th 2013, 9:57pm
Dear Mr. Kimber,
I send the Hungarian Microlepidoptera website with links.
Cathy stenton - Apr 27th 2013, 5:39pm
The site is very useful!!
Came across whilst looking up the best type of Nicitiana to plant for uk moths??
'sylvestris' apparently is very attractive to moths but uk moths cannot access the pollen
Going for 'alata', not sure on'sanderae'.
Am now going to look up a day flying, very small moth that loves my golden marjoram and oregano pot.
Terry Whitaker - Apr 23rd 2013, 2:47pm
Just a minor correction needed on the Least Minor Photedes captiuncula page the food plant is Carex flacca not as spelled 'flecca'
Your site is great, well done, and thanks for your tremendous efforts.
Diana Taylor - Apr 7th 2013, 3:33pm
I wonder if you can put me in touch with anyone who knows of the worldwide distribution of Lobster moth (Stauropus fagi)? On a recent trip to Zimbabwe (March) a friend found a caterpillar which looks remarkably like the unusual lobster moth larva, yet there is no record of it from there. I have good photos. ( I spent many years working there as an entomologist and this was a first for me.)
Pygmaeomorpha oculari - Apr 4th 2013, 1:42pm
Please, I need classificator this butterfly specie and her family is Limacodidae: Pygmaeomorpha oculari.
Neil Macdonald - Apr 4th 2013, 9:34am
Godsend to beginners like me.
Steve & Marie Romaine - Mar 29th 2013, 7:37pm
I have loved to look at moths for years and my wife is fascinated by them. She often photographs them and has favourites like the Elephant Hawk, Cinnabar and Hawk moth.
This is a wonderful website and such a pleasure to find something of interest on the internet nowadays that isn't trying to sell products all the time.
Great, well done on all your efforts
Amanda Barton - Feb 22nd 2013, 9:40am
Hi, new site looks great, but I can't find 'whats on the wing tonight'. I used to use this when I had micro moths in the trap as I could click on all the micros usually around at the time until I found the one to match.
Penny Anne Relf - Feb 20th 2013, 9:25am
My first visit this year - looking forward to a good sunny moth trapping year. keep up the good work!!
Alan Roberts - Feb 18th 2013, 8:25pm
A very useful site.found it very helpful.
Rachel McAleese - Feb 5th 2013, 11:10am
I used this site and the keyword search regularly in identifying moth species found in my postgraduate dissertation. Thanks guys! Moths are so difficult to ID when you are a relative beginner so thank you so much for making things a little easier for me!
trevor - Jan 3rd 2013, 5:51pm
fantastic site! this is my homepage. i use it for reference and i.d. although i often plough through 100s of photos sometimes without success. particularly useful for i.d. confirmation after book combing. quality photos help
Mike Hardman - Dec 27th 2012, 12:02pm
I must say I find your web site most excellent - despite my living and mothing in Cyprus. Many species of moth occur in both places, and it is nice to see some familiar faces at my lights. Your site provides me with more and good photos to help identification, and especially useful are statements of differences between similar species.
Thank you, keep up the good work,
(Recorder for Viola for the BSBI, commissioned author for the RHS, geologist, etc.)
Andy King - Dec 8th 2012, 8:18pm
Hello Ian, - an excellent website and one I very frequently use. I do have a couple of photos of species you may want - Coleophora milvipennis (adult) and Stephensia brunnichella, but I can't find your email address. - Andy King.
firstname.lastname@example.org - Nov 22nd 2012, 2:54am
I have had a moth. Well I think it's a moth in my house for 3 months. It only moves (wings only) when I gently blow on it. It stays in one position for about 3 weeks, then decides to move to a new place, it is not attracted to
Light either . It's totally black, with a brown edging pattern at the tip of the wings. Any ideas on what moth this could be, I have a pic too if anyone.e is interested . Really strange but cool little thing gram :)
Duncan Williamson - Oct 21st 2012, 5:24am
I came to identify a moth and found it in your top 20: Angle Shades.
Then I took a look around the site ... You are doing a really good job for UK moth lovers/fanciers. Admirable!
Anne-Marie Smout - Oct 11th 2012, 8:14pm
I have been asked to write an article for the NBN News about my life in biological recording and I would like to use the photo from this website of the Clifden Nonpareil, as it was that which got me hooked on moths. Would that be OK? I will of course give due acknowledgement.
Tony - Sep 17th 2012, 4:15pm
very useful website, mum has just shown me 3 photos of moths she took at Rownhams service station on the M27, one was of an Poplar Hawk, a leopard and a Scalloped Oak. :)
Chris Dodd - Sep 11th 2012, 9:15pm
Just taking a quick look as you were complemented by Pete Eeles I joined his site the other day led there trying to id a caterpillar.
It turned out to be a Elephant Hawk caterpillar. Pretty Cool i thought so I registered it with the local moth count rep.
Im 56 now and seem to have got the bug ( or moth as the case maybe lol )always a keen naturalist I will be visiting your site on a regular basis as with Butterflies.co.uk as I am finding all this quite fascinating.
Wish I had started earlier but hope to get the grandkids involved.
Vicky Norman - Sep 11th 2012, 3:43pm
Thank you for your helpful website. I think I have found the moth I was looking for, namely the Common Wave. My speciman, however,is a very pale grass green with very pronounced white lines and a completly white slightly furry body with slightly wavy wing edges.
The butterfly and moth book I used had the Common Wave moth but it's colour was completly wrong so I was unable to identify it. Thanks for your photos!
Ken Haggerty - Sep 11th 2012, 4:16am
Maybe the readers would be amused to know that I checked out this web site to find information on Pseudopanthera Macularia. What is interesting is that I found one in my home in western Massachusetts, USA.
Jane Stern - Sep 8th 2012, 11:42am
Hi my cat was playing with what we thought was a slug last night, but today I had a closer look and identified it as a Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor caterpillar. Its still alive but not doing anything much. I have moved it into the shade, but I wondered if there was anything I could do to help. Is it going into its pupae state now, or has my cat fatally injured it? (cant see any injuries on its body). Thanks for your help.
Gary Price - Sep 7th 2012, 9:06pm
Thanks to the site I found out that we have a Jersey Tiger in our back garden in Tiverton. Had us all scratching our heads.
Colin Chambers - Sep 7th 2012, 8:54am
I found your web site very good and was able to positively a moth, unknown to me, as I live in South Africa. It was Jersey Tiger. I am living in Bromley Kent BR1 4DB near to a large park and several small woods so all your notes on habitat are valid.I have two good photos which I could email if you would like them.
Juanita Peak - Sep 5th 2012, 9:57pm
This was the best website I found that had clear pictures and gave me a good short explanation of what I wanted to know. I had a strange thing on my lap when I sat in my lounge this evening and I touched it and it jumped. It looked like a moth and I have just found this picture on your website of a jumping moth from mexico that is in bean pods. I don't know where it has come from and I haven't been able to locate it either. So thanks anyway. Great website.
Alice Hudson - Sep 5th 2012, 9:41pm
I was walking to the supermarket with my pram today when I nearly ran over a strange looking bug. Going in for a closer look I realised it was a caterpillar of some sort and it looked as though it had eyes. I'm usually scared of insects/bugs but I was brave and used some paper and a stick to move it back to a grassy area on the side of the pavement because I didn't want anyone to stand on it. Later on, I posted it online and asked if anyone could identify it. Someone did! It was an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar. Since then I've been reading up on UK moths and it really is fascinating. Thank you so much for all the info and pictures on your website.
I'll still be terrified when one comes flying into my house though!
Jim Denham - Sep 2nd 2012, 8:21am
Help to identify a Lime hawk moth caterpillar, thank you.
How can I now encourage the caterpillar to pupate, what enviroment.
Osian Fudge - Sep 1st 2012, 10:40am
Put up moth trap last night in Maenclochog Pembrokeshire and cought 4 large yellow underwing,2 copper underwing,2 sevensson's copper underwing,2 brimestone moths,3 silver y,1 garden carpet,1 iron prominent,1 setaceous hebrew character and 1 common wainscot.
Mike King - Aug 31st 2012, 10:17am
A really useful site! Love the speed and clarity of finding a moth. Well done on an excellent site. So glad I found it attached to the Birdguides Newsletter.
Connie - Aug 31st 2012, 2:41am
Great website! Great information, too!
Maybe add the updated information, so the readers know when it was last updated, and also more information about the website itself (i.e. current links, when it was last updated, sources, etc.).
Just a thought, but overall, great website. Keep up the good work! :)
Jane - Aug 29th 2012, 10:03pm
Great site, thanks!. Helped me identify a Jersey Tiger I found on the steps of the House of Commons the other day.
rosemary magee - Aug 29th 2012, 1:07pm
i found a strange creature running round a plant pot in my garden i took photoes and video'd put it on facebook no one seemed to know what it was but thanks to your site i think i have found out what it was a scarce vapourer orgyia recens
Mrs Angela Woodhouse - Aug 29th 2012, 9:44am
Thank you for this site it informed us of a large caterpillar which we found at home in NE Lincolnshire which turned out to be a Lime Hawk Moth. We have taken a photo which is now on Facebook but we can forward this to you if you require.
Simon Tucker - Aug 28th 2012, 7:43pm
Gypsy Moth is no longer notifiable to DEFRA or FERA as advised on your site. Apparently there are colonies all over the South East - they seem to have overlooked that this is on the edge of the south west but hey ho.
I live in a place called Purton in Wiltshire, SU 081 877 the Gypsy Moth was trapped on the 17th August 2012 - a first for Wiltshire. The previous week on the 10th August my friend, who lives two miles to the west of me, had a scarce burnished brass - also a first for Wiltshire.
Lee D morgan - Aug 28th 2012, 9:18am
Love Your site, I was reading about the Poodle Moth on Msn and found Your link