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Brian Doble - 18 July 2011
Very useful site, especially the availability of \"thumbnails\" in the search output.
Isabel Clark - 17 July 2011
Wonderful site. I know next to nothing about moths and have only recently become interested in them so this site is marvellous for identifying what I have snapped. However, I have just taken a photo of a peculiar moth which I have not seen on your site so am still searching to find out what it is. It is grey and looks quite sinister really but I only have the closed wing shot. I havn't a clue what it is so I will have to keep searching.
Hilary and Belinda Clark - 17 July 2011
Able to identify pseudotelphusa scalella (seen in a wild flower meadow in Norfolk) when we hadn't found it in our moth book (although it is there of course). We shall certainly come back to you next time we need help!
AnneC - 17 July 2011
FAO Johanna Stephens - your Swallow-tailed Moth larvae feed on a number of trees and shrubs, but prefer ivy (Hedera helix) (info from this website!)So maybe pop them on some ivy, which I hope you have growing in your garden
Johanna stephens - 16 July 2011
Love this site but can anyone help? My cat bought in a beautiful moth....Ourapteryx sambucaria...whiteish swallow-tail moth, we tried to save it by putting it in the nearby lampshade.....2 days later we noticed loads of little eggs...these then grew to teeny weeny caterpillars and tried to leave the lampshade via spider like silk....we put them in a container with some what? I want them to grow up and fly away
Mal and Steve - 14 July 2011
What a great site!! We found a moth which we could not identify despite some (rather blurred) photos but on looking at this site we found it to be \"the Herald moth\" which as it happens is not rare but we have never seen one before. We will be visiting the site again. Thanks.
harry lunn - 14 July 2011
Have found an elephant hawk-moth in my back garden. Very pretty
Jan C - 13 July 2011
Great site! Used it for the first time today to identify a moth my husband found lurking on the fence behind our dustbin!
Jonathan Bye - 12 July 2011
What a find this site has been - brilliant!
Many thanks for its creation.
Steve Hall - 12 July 2011
Great site, am finding it so very helpful.
stacy - 11 July 2011
This site is amazing I could sit and study it for hours. To know every moth in the uk by name is hard to remember but one day I will hope to know it all :-)
alex - 11 July 2011
yikes! just discovered a leopard moth resting on the ground-worcester city centre.
Positive i.d. from your excellent photos page

Anne B - 10 July 2011
Hello, this morning my husband and I saw (presumably) a moth that we hadn't ever seen before. It was quite bit, say about an inch or so and it hovered and 'poked' into the flowers of the catmint rather as we have seen hummingbirds do on telly programmes. It had orange markings on the wings.
However, 'Mrs' blackbird spied it and snapped it up before we could observe any more. Can't find out what it's called on this site (?) but really hope we see some more. We've let the garden go a bit more wild this year and were wondering if this is the wonderful harvest we're reaping?? I hope so.
Jon Wisbey - 9 July 2011
I've been a keen moth spotter for years, and this site is the best identification tool on the net. Keep up the good work
peter york - 8 July 2011
i saw a black moth with red spots on wing at the mouth of river tees have taken photo of it but am unable to find out what type it is any help in being able to identify would be gratefully accepted. can email picture to you
Neil Edmunds - 7 July 2011
Hi, I happened upon your site whilst trying to identify some quite bizarre moth behaviour on a recent trip to southern Finland which I hoped you maybe able to shed light upon. It was around midnight on the 1st July with very still warm weather when myself and girlfriends dad were fishing in a boat on a fairly shallow forest lake in the Nokia region. It was still light as nights are in Finland this time of year. The place is positively crawling with all kinds of bugs and critters but this one moth really caught our attention. It flew along side our boat about 1 metre from lake surface and would literally fold its wings back and vertically dive bomb the surface of the lake with all its might, only to quickly fly vertically straight back up to its previous altitude and repeat the action every few seconds along its flight path! The dusky light only let me see that the moths each wing looked about the size of a 2 pence coin. Both myself and more so my fishing partner were speachless! He has fished that lake 50 years and never seen that before. Do you have any idea of the species or what the moth was doing? It would be great to know! - thanks, Neil, a new moth fan!
Georgia Wildman - 7 July 2011
I like the site and I've found it very useful.
But i found a moth the other day, which was a kinda orangy-brown colour with > shape at the wings end in a red colour and a darker orangey-red head about it was about 1cm long and i can't find what it is in any of the sites i've visited.
I'd be grateful if you could find out what it is for me.
And i have pictures of it, but they are slightly out of focus, if you want them to see what i mean.
Dawn - 6 July 2011
Great website, very useful for finding what it is I've spotted. Can't help but think it would be fascinating if there was a way to see how common/rare a moth was next to it's photo.

I'll take it your list is not exhaustive?

I saw a completely white moth the other day at work, it looked a little like a Leucoma salicis (White Satin Moth) as in it was completely snow white, but the satin moth has stripped legs and antennae which the one I saw did not, they were pure snow white too. I'm curious if there is such a thing as albinism in Insects.

Anyway, keep up the good work!

Gillian Mccormack - 6 July 2011
I found in West cork ireland what looks very like a 'lace border moth, but there is no distribution in Ireland. I was drawn to the pure white colour of the moth, about 1cm. wing span, the wing edges gilded with gold. Is there another similar moth?
Lawrie Major - 6 July 2011
Found a Popular Hawk Moth but hadn't seen one before. Thanks for the quick ID.
Pete Rowberry - 5 July 2011
I am doing a talk on Moths and Bats at the local Scout Group and this site will be at the top of my list of \"where to find more\" web sites. Brilliant!
Buzz - 5 July 2011
A truly wonderful site. Sadly I didn't manage to identify 'my' moth soecies but that was down to my inadequacies not the sites.
Henry Fullerton, Ayr, Scotland - 4 July 2011
Late this afternoon I found two unusual-looking insects resting on shrubs in my garden, and managed to first photograph them, then capture them. I had no idea what they might be, as they were quite unlike anything I was familiar with. A Google search took me to the UK Moths website, where I was able to quickly identify them as Poplar Hawk-Moths -- nothing as exotic as I had first thought. Now that they're identified, they've been released again.

Thanks for maintaining this excellent site. I have a photo taken in January 2011 of a huge moth at rest on a ship on the Amazon, which I'll upload to the site, just for interest. I'd be curious to find out more about it.
Richard Price - 4 July 2011
Dear Sir/Madam,

I found the site useful and interesting but there are some broken links. I didn't check them all and just include those I clicked on

In particular your donate one seems important.

I noticed your form does not like web URL strings so have partial strings above. Preventing people inputting URLs is good for security but will prevent people telling you about broken links. There is no contact email address. It is unclear from the menu system that I use this form to contact someone. I am a web developer, sorry, getting carried away.

I am trying to find a list of moth foodplants for the UK. There are catapillars on Dyer's greenwood. I think they are Green Hairstreak but wanted to check that there is no similar looking moth catapillar that feeds on the plant?

All the best,
Ann Griffiths - 3 July 2011
This was a very easy guide to use, and I found the ID of a moth very quickly. Your key word search helped because my moth was black with various coloured spots. A Scarlet Tiger.
The photos are excellent as well.
Anthony Weale - 2 July 2011
Saw a strange butterfly or moth today at Frome - black and wqhite marbled front wings and vermillion rear wings. watched for 5 minutes. Very fast wing beat and never settled anywhere. Flying at almost ground level in and out of dense hedge.
Helen Roche - 29 June 2011
Brilliant site - managed to find my (unusual to me) moth in under a minute. Unfortunately I found mine dead on my decking and have identified it as No. 171 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena Ionicerae. I live on the north side of Swindon, Wiltshire - is this a normal habit area for this species? Many thanks. Kind regards. HR
Luke Dreyer - 29 June 2011
Over the past few years I have noticed more and more very interesting Moths and Beatles, now every opportunity I get to take some photos of one I use it, I upload my pictures into my facebook account photo album for my friends to see, theres also images of Birds and anything else I get to see on there. It's nice to have a site I can go to that I can use to identify the Moths I see. Thank you very much for putting the internet to such good use.
John Moon - 29 June 2011
Fantastic site, just used it to identify a Leopard Month basking in the sun. first one we have seen in the 21 years that we have lived here.
Brian Hancock - 28 June 2011
Absolutely fantastic site.I use it almost every day. Thanks so much. Brian
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