Andy Miller - Jun 20th 2012, 8:59am
I found a PRIVET HAWK-MOTH at my local garage in North Lincs yesterday, I was only able to identify it after using this site - thank you it is very helpfull.
Jacky - Jun 19th 2012, 7:24pm
Whilst out walking my dog in the fields opposite my home, i found a beautiful moth, after checking your site, i found it was a cinnebar moth, what a lovely sight, and was especially pleased when arriving home, i found it right here. I am chuffed to bits. Thankyou
Hevs - Jun 12th 2012, 7:22pm
Great site, very easily identified a Light Emerald currently resting on my front door! Many thanks!
Irene Jasper - Jun 10th 2012, 10:38pm
Sunday 10th June 2012 at 2330 we had a large visitor into our kitchen! My son and I took some beutiful photographs of this amazing moth and found by looking on your site it was a Giant Elephant Moth. Beautiful it was and somewhat reluctant to leave the kitchen but safely returned to the outdoors.
deirdremcainsh - Jun 9th 2012, 9:58pm
Could this be a vapourer?
seen in Cape Wrath last week
No vegetation except heather for 5 miles
How do i send a pic?
Siobhan - Jun 6th 2012, 9:30pm
I've used this website twice now to identify moths - a Poplar Hawk-moth in Chailey, and a stunning Elephant Hawk-moth that was unlucky enough to fly into the house in Lewes! Thank you so much for such an excellent resource.
John Millar - Jun 6th 2012, 6:48pm
I'm fairly new to mothing and find UKmoths a great ID aid to help confirm my decisions using Townsend & Waring. I'm now looking to get a decent camera for recording some of my finds. A first class web site.
Roger Newbold - Jun 1st 2012, 2:49pm
Have just returned from a walk in Broxbourne Woods Hertfordshire mainly looking for butterflies but it was very quiet. Apart from 4 speckled yellow moths I saw an interesting moth/ fly but am not sure what it is. Does your website have thefacilty to attach a photo to aid identification? I thought it might be a small magpie but its body is stripey and it looks more wasp/fly like but with longish antennae.
Simon Tucker - Jun 1st 2012, 7:26am
When I have exhausted, in order, my knowledge (limited), Manley, Waring & Townsend this is the most invaluable resource I know for moths. Support it folks: couldn't work without it.
Ossie - May 30th 2012, 12:53pm
Just noticed our first adult Brimstone in the garden.
We have mostly mature hawthorn and beech trees which are probably the attraction.
Very useful site, thanks
fred lee - May 27th 2012, 6:06am
Ian I sent you a photo of a moth do you have a name please
Natasha Ennew - May 23rd 2012, 9:42pm
Fantastic site recommended to me by a memeber of the NaturePlus identification site. Could not find the exact match for the micro moth I have found, as part of a Native Species Study survey I am involved in, so I will send you a picture. had a great time looking anyway. Have bookmarked this site, I am sure I will be visiting it very soon and will be recommending this to my colleagues. Thank you
Rose Lander - May 11th 2012, 7:51pm
Hi, I found a moth on a Hawthorne. Amazing looking thing. It looked like it was imitating a very bright green and white leaf, strong white fur on the body. I can't find it in any of your photos' though, so I still don't know what it is. But I have had fun looking round at the lovely moths we have in our country.
Darren - May 8th 2012, 7:52pm
Hi : ) my name is darren I looked at pics but didn't see my caterpillar and I couldn't find an email to send you pic thought I'd try this... Plz can you contact me so I can send you a picture... Thanx
Christopher Scotter - Apr 28th 2012, 8:23am
This is a very useful site, but I am afraid I am going to add to your identification request list.
A moth just over 1cm long by just over 0.5 cm wide. An even milk chocolate brown on top (no markings), suffused with a rosy tint. The underwings, just like a miniature red underwing, intense scarlet, with an uneven black band near the trailing edge of the wings. It was on the ground, yesterday.
Nigel Atkinson - Mar 14th 2012, 10:09am
Just discovered the beauty of moths after buying a moth trap. Oh wow stunning and fascinating subject.
Great site and boy do i need it, so much to learn. Many similar Species to the untrained eye.
need tips to improve my skills, have bought a couple of books and use this great site.
John Sirrett - Mar 11th 2012, 9:43am
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flatery Ian. I have recently put together fifty pages on the Moths and Butterflies of Upton Warren after a trapping project. The purpose of the paper is to consolidate all known records for the site, to guide management of Lepodoptera food plants, and to encourage the many birders visiting Upton Warren to take up mothing, join the GMS etc. Its not intended for sale, but I will be making copies available to those who helped me in the project the local wildlife trust etc (providing I can afford it!. In putting the paper together I have taken a lot of information from your website, bits of text not photographs. Though I have been provided with some photographs from Dave Grundy, Patrick Clement and Oliver Wadsworth who worked on the project with me and some of their photos have subsequently appeared on your site. I have acknowleded all input in the paper and will in due course make a small donation to your website. Hope this is OK. John
David Nelson - Mar 3rd 2012, 11:24am
What a fantastic site , i will gladly make a donation as i understand the time it takes to maintain
the site ,
Question could you possibly reinstate the Moth of the Month feature , the Children loved
waiting for the latest moth to be show at the start of the month
Catarina Fontoura - Feb 22nd 2012, 10:02am
I am a photographer, I am studying a MA in Documentary Photography in the University of Wales at the moment and one of my photographic projects is about Moths. About the animal it self and about the its importance in ecological balance. By project is also art-based, trough Moths I want to present an alternative for our anthropocentric attitude towards nature, and present nature as an beautiful and ancient entity.
I am working with some moth recorders already, but it would be absolutely amazing if I could contact more people in the UK that work with Moths, go out to spot and photograph them, or do any kind of work related to moths.
I tried to find Ian Kimber's email but it's not on UKmoths.
My personal email is email@example.com.
Thank you very much.
Andrew King - Feb 16th 2012, 1:29pm
Great informative website. A.D.King (ecologist - ADK Environmental)
Sue Dench - Feb 4th 2012, 6:14pm
Towards the end of May 2011 I noticed a very small and beautiful moth feeding on my scabious plant. I took several photos in the hope of identifying it in our butterfly/moth book but was unable to. I have tried several times since with various sights on the internet, but my knowledge of this moth was virtually nil, as I could not remember having seen it before. A few minutes ago I found your sight and your search with keywords, I input -yellow dots with red- and lo and behold there was my illusive moth, Pyrausta aurata. I was thrilled, and would like to congratulate you on your wonderful web sight
Graham Crittenden - Jan 6th 2012, 3:25pm
absolutely invaluable resource, paticularly for the micros. More photos illustrating variability within a species would be useful.
Jaakko Kullberg - Dec 27th 2011, 2:18pm
2173 The Lychnis Hadena bicruris
The specimen presented here is actually Hadena perplexa.
Jaakko Kullberg - Dec 27th 2011, 2:07pm
1763 Arran Carpet Chloroclysta concinnata
fascinating that you also have a northern form or something of truncata! In Finland we have the same moth flying in late summer and looking quite different in contrast the nominotypical one which in Finland doesn't have full second brood. Merely just accidental specimens in normal years. I wonder if anybody has checked its barcode yet?
Jaakko Kullberg - Dec 27th 2011, 1:27pm
465a Plutella haasi
I have netted this species in Northern Ural mountains and Central Siberia on flowering Draba alpina stands sometimes in just single plants. I encourage you to look it more on the places where it grows.
Jaakko Kullberg - Dec 27th 2011, 1:17pm
hard to be sure of course, but I think that you are having here two different species represented as Tebenna micalis. I find pictures php?id=4892 and php?id=4894 to represent a typical Tebenna micalis, but other three pictures I would guess to be merely Tebenna pretiosana (living on dry places on Inula salicina, Pulicaria dysenterica and Carlina) which is earlier been mixed with Tebenna bjerkandrella occurring in more humid places and possibly having more northern distribution: Sweden, Finland (living on e.g. Cirsium tomentosum).
In Central Europe many people still erroneously mix pretiosana with bjerkandrella which is there atleast much more rare species if occurring at all in most places.
Jaakko Kullberg - Dec 27th 2011, 12:45pm
I was looking the pic of Pammene ignorata show.php?bf=1228a and in my mind this specimen would be merely another species Pammene gallicolana. Normally the real Pammene ignorata is more blackish and has less bright brown scales in the forewing. Of course it is not so easy to determine species from photos. However I would merely expect gallicolana to occur in GB than much more continental ignorata!
Sincerely, Jaakko Kullberg
Jaakko Kullberg - Dec 27th 2011, 12:35pm
thank you for your excellent site!
I was just looking the pic of Agriphila geniculea: id=3963
and start to suspect that the darker specimen down might better fit to the dark form of Agriphila inquinatella. The form of the outern line is not as sharply curwed outwards at it should be!
Jack Oughton - Dec 12th 2011, 7:27pm
This is a great site and has helped me ID moths from my trap this year. Thanks alot Ian!
Steve cox - Dec 11th 2011, 1:30pm
Rachel Midwinter - Dec 8th 2011, 10:51am
I've used your site on numerous occasions to identify mothes and caterpillars. Yesterday (Dec 7th) my daughter spotted a caterpillar on our hall floor. I'm certain its a large yellow underwing (as per pics online and have hatched them before.
Just wondering why there's a caterpillar about in Dec. It's eating well so hopefully will pupate over winter. Would be interested to know if this is common,
Gillian Bartrop-Young - Dec 3rd 2011, 8:53pm
found a moth/butterfly.Fortrose Ross shire.Scotland 20010 size about a hawk moth.discription nearest to garden hawk but was a deep ruby red body and where orange on garden,deep red.Wings-spots black background white on other wings , reds where garden moth is orange.really unusual can't find it anywhere.Unfortunately was last summer and I moved it out the way of strimmer,as rather doopy,and heavy,No photo,not realising it was not on any data base I can find!any idea's?
Was it blown off course? I'm by by the Firth(where the dolphines are.) cheers Loved to know what it was.
Angie Seymour - Nov 29th 2011, 1:56pm
Hello Ian, fairly new user to the site, at last I have been able to identify the caterpillars I have been finding at the roots of grasses whilst weeding during summer and autumn. They have been in various stages of growth and several shades of green and browns. Many Thanks. Love the Images.
firstname.lastname@example.org - Nov 28th 2011, 3:22pm
As an individual Biological Research Technician and Entomologist I find this site a source of valuable information.
Any chance of telling me the price of your CD please.
Raymond Alan Watson - Nov 27th 2011, 3:14pm
Contributed to the recording scheme by John Heath in the 1960's and early 70's. Have now got back to moths following a 40 year gap. There are a lot of nomenclature changes and quite a few more species around. Also so much easier for the micros these days with the online sites especially the dissection group upgrading Pierce's work. Resident near the coast in Suffolk. Recorded in Gloucestershire 45 years back.
Alan Courtney - Nov 16th 2011, 12:20pm
We get moths in our garden on the Isle of Wight, and a lot get in to our bungalow - handy for id purposes! The variety of colour and size is astonishing!
Your website is so useful!
After a while I use a clean beer-glass and a beer-mat or similar to catch them without harming them - a technique I learned from my dad - and deposit them back outside.
Richard Kinzler - Nov 6th 2011, 5:48pm
Informative site and as this is my first year Mothing a very useful site for reference and has increased my learning curve dramatically.
Reference books including Skinners have their limitations but used in conjunction with UK Moths adds value to this addictive hobby.
Miriam Hallam-Deakin - Oct 31st 2011, 2:53pm
Thank you! We had a Small Eggar Moth (eriogaster lanestris) nest with many, many larvae located on a blackthorn bush in one of our hedges. We are an organic beef farm that is part of the Natural England Entry Level Stewardship programme. This means we only cut our hedges every other or third year. Thus providing the moths with the oppotunity to nest. We're very excited to be able to identify them with the help of your website. We have some excellent photos of the nest and hope to use the images in applying for the Higher Level programme with Natural England which will enable us to upgrade our environmental work in balance with our farming practices. We will make another effort to locate and record the moth nests on the farm this spring as its wonderful to see them!!! Thanks again for a great website!!
Alex C - Oct 31st 2011, 12:29am
Just to let you know that I reside in Northumberland on border with Tyne and Wear.
I recently took a photo of a Pterophorus Galactodactyla in my kitchen.
I believe these are rare for this area.
Anyone want a copy of the photo ( not good quality ) let me know.
Trevor Boxall - Oct 29th 2011, 3:22pm
Brilliant site, has helped me several times in the past.
Patrick Wildgust - Oct 26th 2011, 9:54am
Site gets better and better.
Is there a month by month guide to which species one might expect to find in (say) November? Just as an aid to decreasing the options when trying to determine identification
Yvonne Barlow - Oct 12th 2011, 2:56pm
Thanks found my moth xanthorhoe flutuata only ever see it in the house late September have never seen it outside. Live on The Lizard Cornwall
Rik Morley - Oct 12th 2011, 2:21pm
Moths and the Moon ? . Do you think that they navigate by the moon and do you think you get a better moth night on a humid night ?
Absolutey fabulous site btw . Well done for taking on a herculean task !
Rik morley in edinburgh
James Ridley - Oct 8th 2011, 2:30pm
very useful site, has helped me on several occasions
Dhanya - Oct 6th 2011, 2:28pm
Thank you so much for a great site here .... I got the information I was looking for :)
Ron Smith - Oct 6th 2011, 8:49am
i am new to this site and am trying to find my way around.
Sue Shiels - Sep 29th 2011, 4:22pm
I have accessed your excellent site but the pages have somehow reduced to less than one sixth of normal size. All the links are working perfectly producing full size material. How has this happened and have you any ideas as to how I might be able to restore you site to full health?
L S - Sep 26th 2011, 7:14pm
I live on the Derbyshire / Leicestershire borders and this evening I had a Red Underwing moth on the dining room wall.
D\\ - Sep 18th 2011, 11:49am
Absolutely brilliant,having used Skinner for many years, the photos are stunning; in fact the whole site is. Well done to you and everyone involved.
Andre evans - Sep 15th 2011, 1:20pm
Hi im from huddersfield and came across this moth being chased by the neighbours cat. It is now safe. Its the largedt moth ive seen and took a picture so i can try and idetify it. I came across the Convolvulus Hawk-moth, is this correct and is it usually seen in west Yorkshire??
How can u send the picture???
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