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David Line - 10 August 2010
Hi,Many thanks for your excellent site, through which I have identified that we have two Elephant Hawk Moths on a fuschia plant in a small hanging basket! I know nothing about moths and am watching these two in fascination. How long will they remain in the larve stage before becoming a moth? Can they be handled, or is that not recommended? Is there anything we should do to help them? Any information would be appreciated.
Many thanks, David
Carole McMaster - 10 August 2010
Thanks to your website and superb photographs, I was able to distinguish a character that I photographed at work today - a Yellow-tail. I have never seen one before, and was amazed at how beautiful it was. It was the tiny black dot on the back that confirmed this for me, although one of my pictures just shows the tuft of colour on the abdomen. This was seen near Eye in Suffolk. Thank you again.
whaleomelette - 9 August 2010
love the site and the keyword search is great, but blood vein doesnt come up is you search pink or red
or is this just me?
roy scott - 9 August 2010
Malcolm Key, Kimberley Nottingham - 9 August 2010
9th August 2010.I found 2 rather gruesome looking caterpillars in my garden this weekend,so I checked on your site for the first time (very informative)I had know idea there were so many different types of moth in this country.
It appears that they are the caterpillars of the Elephant Hawk Moth, this is the first time I have ever seen them in this area, are they common to this part of the country?
John S.Armitage - 8 August 2010
Hi. Regrettably I've never used this site before, despite a lot of recommendations. It's tremendous! Doubtless all my head scratching and trawling through various texts will now be resolved without pain! Many thanks.
Summer - 8 August 2010
Great site found what I was looking for..
Ann Eavis - 8 August 2010
I have been trying to identify a quite small ?moth that, at rest, reminds me of a Vulcan bomber - a complete triangle. It is brown with an orange mark on each wing - I am not sure if the body is showing. There are very many over my many marjoram plants. Would you think I might be correct?
Jack Lamb - 8 August 2010
What a great web page, many congratulations and many thanks for your work and dedication
ecnal - 6 August 2010
I have just found a completely white moth on my living room wall, (caught it in a jar and put it outside), is it a known species or is it an albeno?

It was all white, no colouring at all.
janet Packham - 6 August 2010
This is a great site for finding photos to fit the names of Moths I read about but have not seen.

Peter Vernon - 5 August 2010
I started mothing again this year with my own home made moth trap and find your site invaluable for identifying and naming the micro moths as well as some of the macro's, a brilliant web site, well done.

Kind regards,
Peter Vernon
Sarah Hill - 4 August 2010
Useful site, thanks.

?? Suggestion:
When looking for moth ID resources, I came across \"Silhouette Key to Major Moth Families\" on a US site (
While this type of key has limitations and exceptions, it could be a very useful addition to the resources you offer, especially for users who do not have a broad knowledge of moths.
Simon Kennedy - 3 August 2010
An invaluable guide for the many of us who still struggle.
Jenny - 3 August 2010
Thank you. Really useful site with good clear photos and easy to search. Best wishes. Jenny
Jackie Hopkins - 3 August 2010
Thankyou Ian for enabling me to identify a moth ( buff arches) I have never seen before. My books did not help. My mothers flat has a hallway with light left on at night, if the window is open all kinds of moths fly in, elephant hawk, buff arches and several others, there is a tree lined walk outside along an old railway so plenty of habitat.

Regards Jackie
Enable JavaScript to view protected content. - 2 August 2010
all very good but daunting to a new comer like me,still you have to start somewhere
Dennis - 2 August 2010
I have a Lime Hawk moth parked on my screen door. Keep in mind I am in coastal New Jersey, USA. Have there been sightings of these in the states? I have pictures.
Amazing looking insect
Rob (South Wales) - 1 August 2010
With the fine Summer weather during mid June 2010 I was pleased to see the wonderful sight off the Elephant Hawk Moth in the stair well. It's the first time I've actually see one. Also, during July, I found a Swallowed-tailed Moth in my kitchen. Its been a while since I've seen such a variety of different moths. The down side is that the bats have had a field day around the doors and windows of the house. But that's the nature of nature.
Thanks for the informative web site. It's been very useful.
david farrow - 1 August 2010
keyword search, brilliant, typed in main colours and spots came up straight away.[pyrausta aurata]first for me
Mrs Freakley - 1 August 2010
Brilliant site, I had found about a dozen moths or I thought they were moths, on my spearmint, mint, thyme and bay, by using your colour identification I was able to compare my photo with yours and yippee they are pyrausta aurata not purpuralis. Oh the sense of satisfaction!!! Thank you for all your information and I have bookmarked the site for future reference.
David Ayres - 1 August 2010
A good site, but I must point out that one of the photos of Scythropia crataegella, by Lloyd Walters, does not have the hairs shown on other caterpillars, and may be a larva of a sawfly Neurotoma saltuum.
I am by no means an expert, but could you check this out.

JOHN - 30 July 2010
Gladys Baker - 30 July 2010
Thank you for your Beginners guide to British Moths. I have enlisted new members to Stockton's Friends of Greenvale Local Nature Reserve 2010 (UK) and hope to arrange a Moth Hunt Evening in mid-November, which I understand is breeding time for moths. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Ted Lester - 30 July 2010
Thankyou for a very interesting site. I have been searching to I/D a brown moth which at the moment is very plentiful in our garden in Shoeburyness Essex. It flies mainly by day and searches for nectar in a wide variety of flowers. When feeding its wings are fluttering all the time and when resting they are brought close to the body. So far all I have seen colourwise is that it is mottled in various browns. I must catch one and examine it further becuase so far I have not recognised it on your site.

Thanks again.

Ted Lester.
Ann Church - 29 July 2010
I used this website (via google) to identify a Jersey Tiger moth on the wall of our front porch at noon today.We live at Greenwich SE108AN.
I have never seen one before and was delighted to see it and then identify it using your easy to use websitew. Thank you.

Best wishes, Ann
Gerald Lee - 27 July 2010
Hi, Just taken a photo of a Jersey Tiger Moth, found in the garage, photo taken in the garden, at Wembdon Bridgwater.
Mandy Holloway - 26 July 2010
Your site is indispensible. Great to see the micro-leps but I'm fairly new to all this and wondered when a moth is classed macro and when not. I'll keep reading !

Don Fanoni - 26 July 2010
My interest in moths was re-ignited the other, early evening - 23 July - when a Gothic, Naenia typica, flew through my window in Newcastle upon Tyne. I live on the 25th floor, so well done you, Mrs Gothic. & well done to you too, Mr Kimber, you're site is magnificent. If I'm able to contribute I will certainly do so.
SHARON KELLY - 25 July 2010
hi my daughter and i have just seen a Ruby Tiger moth we are very excited we used the site to identify it after looking in lots of books , very useful
we are in devon
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