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Chris Davis - 7 September 2015
Congratulations on your upgraded site. Quite a step forward. I am not sure that I am getting the best from the key word search. Could you give some examples please.
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Hi Chris,

This needs a little more work by me yet - it's only meant as a guide to lead you towards the main colourful species, but you could try adding negative words to filter out some of the ones you don't want - e.g. "white -black" should list moths with white in them but not with black (in theory).  But it's not working as it should at the moment - I will try to improve it in the near future.  Thanks, Ian.

Jan Caucutt - 6 September 2015
I have found a large(3inch) caterpillar bright green with a spike at the tail. Will it be a moth eventually??
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Hi Jan - yes, this will be one of the hawk-moths; there are several that can be green with a spike at the rear. Probably best to check out the pictures starting here.

Jonathan - 5 September 2015
Hi, have been using your site a long time and this is a lovely update. One criticism - your search needs to be fuzzier. E.g. "hawkmoth" will return zero results and this is possibly the most common form of spelling that people will use.
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Thanks Jonathan.  I will bear this in mind when I next work on the search.

Tom - 5 September 2015
Like what you've done with the place!
Les Hill - 4 September 2015
Your efforts are appreciated Ian. UKMoths remains the No.1 moth identification resource for British moths.
Alastair Rae - 4 September 2015
Well done on the updated website. All very modern without being over-designed.
John Worth - 4 September 2015
Love the site but hoping you will fix the search soon. Tried searching alnus (and alder) as found a larva but seem to be unable to search for plants at moment.
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Sorry John - I'll add this feature back in as soon as I can find the time!

Anna Ryder - 2 September 2015
I like your update. I've been using this site for years and it looks great now. Thanks you for providing this - I point people to ukmoths to find out more stuff about moths.
jo poland - 2 September 2015
Wow! It is such a shock when a site that you use every day changes and you were not expecting it! Just wanted to say well done for putting such a huge amount of work in - only looked at the Oak Eggar so far, but it was easy to find on the search - went straight to it! Thanks and well done.
Trevor Goodfellow - 2 September 2015
i collect records of moths seen in my garden. UK MOTHS is an essential identification aid i use in conjunction with good reference books to verify difficult species. Many thanks for that.
Raymond Watson - 30 August 2015
Horrid change to the web site. In common with many now putting invisible text on a coloured background and greying out text on main descriptions makes it very difficult for people with a visual disability like myself.
Tony Morris - 30 August 2015
Ian, I've been using your site for along time, it remains a mainstay of my mothing. This looks like a landmark update. Thanks.
John Bryan - 30 August 2015
Ian. Just logged on to the 'new look'. Stunning. Well done. Regards John
Mandy Holloway - 30 August 2015
It might take some getting used to but the images are better and when I know my way around I think it will be really useful. Don't hesitate to include variants - often a stumbling block.
Susan - 29 August 2015
Saw an unusual moth sucking nectar from the honeysuckle in my garden - it hovered just like a hummingbird. Found your site and it was so easy to identify it! Funnily enough it was actually called a Hummingbird Hawk Moth - can't say I have ever seen anything like it! (South Lincolnshire)
Beatrice McGlen - 29 August 2015
Using the keyword search on your excellent website I was able to identify a Gold Spot moth which I found attached to a T-shirt on the washing line. I was surprised to read though that this likes damp, reedy places - we are in the middle of arable land in Nottinghamshire so this did not seem to be its usual habitat. Maybe it mistook the blue T-shirt for water!
Perry Hampson - 29 August 2015
I use this site as well as a more local one as quick reference works to save me always going back to the books when my memory fails me - which is something that is becoming more and more frequent these days. It's my age, you know! Different views of various species showing a range of variation is also very useful when checking out the odd unusual moth. An excellent update, thank you.
Nick Carter - 29 August 2015
A brilliant site, where would we be without it, one of my first points of reference.
Jamie McMillan - 27 August 2015
Green Carpet
You note one generation, but we have two here in Dorset. Second Aug-Sep. See gives frequencies.
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Thanks Jamie, I'll update the species account to reflect this information.

philip - 24 August 2015
tried your keyword search. entered orange coloured moths as this was all I had to go on. the search brought up 20 images only one was truly orange. images included black and white tiger moths. what am I doing wrong.
regards p burnard
Sandra - 18 August 2015
Thanks for such a clear site and so easy to use. I've tried many hoping to identify what I now know is a Jersey Tiger Moth; I have seen 2 in the last few days (SE London).
I couldn't locate it on any site until I put in the 3 key colours on yours and it worked!
Susan Richardson - 17 August 2015
Saw a Jersey tiger moth in Street, Somerset today. Never seen one before and it pitched on a white car so I could have a good look at it. This year has also been a great year for all insects in my tiny garden and allotment, which I assume has something to do with the cooler summer we have had in Somerset.
Karen Roberts - 16 August 2015
Is the 2nd photo of the Dark Brocade correct as it has a spur on the foreleg?
Karen Roberts.
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Hi Karen, thanks for your feedback.  I still believe this is Dark Brocade; I think the visible spur on the photo is actually on the mid-leg.  The foreleg spurs on these species. are very small and difficult to see on a photo.. (for reference, this is the photo mentioned). 


Derek Hammond - 9 August 2015
Just spotted a Jersey Tiger moth in the garden on Wednesday, and then another (perhaps the same one!) in Green Lane near our house in St Andrews Road on Thursday.
Thought you might like to know, as it seems to confirm that they are spreading.
I managed to get a good photo on Wednesday, and can send it to you if you would like.
Bryan Symons - 9 August 2015
Thanks for such an easy to use and informative site. Had never seen a Jersey Tiger in my SE London garden before.

molly andrews - 5 August 2015
found a live jersey tiger moth last week outside our terraced house this week a dead one unfortunately also last week a Oak Edgar in our local Morrisons car park for several years we have had elephant moths in our garden and our neighbours as we have lots of fushias we they like
Les Scarth - 31 July 2015
I found a very large (finger-sized) caterpillar in a willow tree a couple of days ago and assume it was a type of hawk moth. It was bright yellow with a blue-grey stripe along its body. Would this be an oleander hawk moth? I live about four miles from the West Dorset coast.
Peter deveraux - 24 July 2015
Very useful site identifying the moth species was easy it was a water ermine
paul Weaver - 22 July 2015
just for the record identified a jersey tiger in our garden. location London Borough of Bromley
thanks for the impressive resource your website provides
Paul Weaver
Sally - 19 July 2015
Please could you advise me. We occasionally have moths enter into our bathroom.tonights moth is a Scalloped Oak. Should I gently help them back outside or leave them to make their own way out ? Our window is open whilst we are home. I don't like to think of them dying when they should be out free. Not knowing how they live should I interrupt them if sitting on the door frame etc
Reply from Ian@ukmoths:

Hi Sally, if possible you should release them outside, but somewhere away from a lighted room - otherwise they may just fly back in! 

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