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David Nelson - 3 March 2012
Dear Sir
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 - 22 February 2012

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 Enable JavaScript to view protected content..

Thank you very much.
Andrew King - 16 February 2012
Great informative website. A.D.King (ecologist - ADK Environmental)
Sue Dench - 4 February 2012
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 - 6 January 2012
absolutely invaluable resource, paticularly for the micros. More photos illustrating variability within a species would be useful.
Jaakko Kullberg - 27 December 2011
2173 The Lychnis Hadena bicruris
(Hufnagel, 1766)

The specimen presented here is actually Hadena perplexa.

Jaakko Kullbeg
Jaakko Kullberg - 27 December 2011
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
Jaakko Kullberg - 27 December 2011
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
Jaakko Kullberg - 27 December 2011
Hi again,

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
Jaakko Kullberg - 27 December 2011
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 - 27 December 2011

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!

Jaakko Kullberg
Jack Oughton - 12 December 2011
This is a great site and has helped me ID moths from my trap this year. Thanks alot Ian!

Steve cox - 11 December 2011
Awsome site
Rachel Midwinter - 8 December 2011

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,

Many thanks,

Gillian Bartrop-Young - 3 December 2011
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 - 29 November 2011
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.
Angie Seymour.
Enable JavaScript to view protected content. - 28 November 2011
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 - 27 November 2011
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 - 16 November 2011
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 - 6 November 2011
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.

Kind Regards

Richard Kinzler
Miriam Hallam-Deakin - 31 October 2011
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 - 31 October 2011
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 - 29 October 2011
Brilliant site, has helped me several times in the past.
Patrick Wildgust - 26 October 2011
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 - 12 October 2011
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 - 12 October 2011
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 - 8 October 2011
very useful site, has helped me on several occasions
Dhanya - 6 October 2011
Thank you so much for a great site here .... I got the information I was looking for :)
Ron Smith - 6 October 2011
i am new to this site and am trying to find my way around.
Sue Shiels - 29 September 2011
Help !!
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?
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