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MummyKnitIt - 13 July 2012
Great site - easily identified a scarlet tiger moth thanks to the easy key word search. Thank you for helping me teach my 6 year old!
andy hall - 11 July 2012
site is so good. have been using it for years. have found many moths that i could not id for years. i tell you what would be useful. to have a list of appearance in months. i think this would prevent hours of searching by eliminating the need to go through 1000s of images and times of appearance. also a list placing all those that look alike and are separate in the list and sometimes not related together so as to speed up some of the difficult id process of elimination.
J Coyne - 11 July 2012
What a great site! Thank you very much; instantly set as a 'favourite'.
Colin Sillence - 10 July 2012

I am hugely impressed by your website and the years of dedication that must have been necessary to get it to its current state. As a newcomer to moths, the ability to compare my own digital photographs with yours is an enormous help and has solved many puzzles remaining after hours of book searching. The seemingly arbitrary division of macro/micro Lepidoptera, particularly in respect of the consequent omission of the Pyralids from most texts, is brilliantly ignored in your treatment.

Thank you,
Mario Lemaire - 5 July 2012
Dear Ian, first of all, congratulations for the site ! Very useful !
We have a problem with the identification of a caterpillar. Would you mind helping us ? It a green caterpillar, 1.5 inch, with black trilobate marks and orange spots at the basis of long hair. It was found near the bank of a big pond in a wood. We could send a picture.
Thanks in advance for your help,

Mary Singleton - 3 July 2012
Hi, Using your site I managed to identify a moth seen in Smardale Nature Reserve today. It turned out to be a Clouded Magpie. A new moth to me. I feel fortunate to have spotted it considering I didn't see any butterflies at all at the reserve.
Regards, Mary (Singleton)
Anna - 2 July 2012
Invaluable resource for identifying moths, thanks for the efforts you've put in. I wish I had know about this site years ago, instead of wasting my money on various books which never show the moth I am trying to identify thankyou. (moth found Scarlet tiger)
Royanne from North Yorkshire - 1 July 2012
This site is so useful.I use it loads. Thanks for all the effort you put in.
Neil Mcintosh - 29 June 2012
Moth flew into my kitchen,had never seen such a large one ,used your guide to find out what it was,it was a elephant hawk very usefull,i live in central scotland.Thanks.
Vicky Ball - 26 June 2012
I found a black winged and orange bodied moth in my bathroom Sunday night and having real problems identifying it. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take it picture of it, as my sister in law is deathly scared of fluttery things and I had to get it outside before she saw it. Can anyone help please? This is a fantastic site for helping novices like me to identify those weird and wonderful finds across the country, but specifically the Somerset/Dorset border for me :))
Steve Appleby - 25 June 2012
Lovely Eyed Hawk Moth in garden early morning (0600). Now resting in porch (quite hot) and showing eye. Should we encourage it to go outside?
Martin Chaytors - 23 June 2012
I'm not normally a moth spotter but noticed this one today and hadn't seen one before. I used your site to identify it so thought you might like to know.
Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis. 23/6/12 outside Shotts, North Lanarkshire in mixed woodland mainly beech and firs.
I can send a photo if you would like one.
W Cuthbertson - 20 June 2012
Excellent clear site, easy to use.
Pairing hawk moths spotted in the garden yesterday during the day soon confirmed as Eyed hawks. Didn't see the hind wings as it seemed unreasonable to disturb them. They disappeared around 22.15 into the night.
Andy Miller - 20 June 2012
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 - 19 June 2012
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 - 12 June 2012
Great site, very easily identified a Light Emerald currently resting on my front door! Many thanks!
Irene Jasper - 10 June 2012
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 - 9 June 2012
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 - 6 June 2012
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 - 6 June 2012
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 - 1 June 2012
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.


Roger Newbold
Simon Tucker - 1 June 2012
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 - 30 May 2012
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 - 27 May 2012
Ian I sent you a photo of a moth do you have a name please
Natasha Ennew - 23 May 2012
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 - 11 May 2012
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 - 8 May 2012
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 - 28 April 2012
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.

Here's hoping,


Chris Scotter

Nigel Atkinson - 14 March 2012
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 - 11 March 2012
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
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