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Virginia Brook - 25 July 2010
I am a total beginner having started only this year to attempt to photograph and identify the moths I see on my daily dog walks and know nothing yet of the different moth families and their latin names. I find this a great site and I have so far managed to identify one or two of the moths I have seen. But trawling through all those wonderful pictures is very daunting.

Would it be possible to create a search for only those moths that might be seen a given area and/or the month they might be seen? This might make identifying just a little easier.

Kind regards, Virginia
Alf Dimmock - 25 July 2010
Great site, very helpful
rick ward - 24 July 2010
would like to learn more and know what im looking at just got intrested plus a new laptop and camera last year(about time)
christine - 24 July 2010
I have just seen a humming bird hawk moth on our jasmine. I was amazed as I have only ever seen them in corfu. I used your site and discovered its name and quite common in the uk, why have I never seen one before?
Mike McCormick - 23 July 2010
Excellent site, really informative and a great help for us amateures trying to identify our finds.
Jenny Oldbury - 23 July 2010
I was amazed to see a beautiful moth in a carpark at marks and spencer in Warrington, Cheshire, perhaps it was attracted to some of the plantings. I've lived most of my life in this area and never seen anything like it. Even more surprising it is described as relatively common. This is a brilliant site, I was able to find and identify this gorgeous creature very quickly, thankyou very much!
Abi Lasky - 22 July 2010
I was viciously attacked by your \"beloved\" moths and would love to know what type it was so i can commit mass extinction. Lol jk it was just hideous and freaked me out.
It was orange and hairy and had a snout and it layed greyish eggs all over the walls and was around 8cm wide and 6cm long. I have pictures if you'd like to e-mail me i can show you them. Your work is hugely appreciated!
Sarah Hind - 22 July 2010
Dear Sir,
What a fantastic website! Please could you do one for all wildlife?! I found my moth (Pyrausta aurata) using the search words 'yellow spots' and was amazed when it was the first moth shown. Fantastic!
Thank you and kind regards,
Sarah Hind
nick hamzij - 22 July 2010
could keyword search use a size eg. length,criteria or markings shape? A lot more work I realise!
Annette Saunders - 22 July 2010
Just to say thank you - this is a huge labour of love to put this site together and with very high quality photos it is a pleasure to browse. I was out walking today and found a couple of large and wonderful caterpillars - identified them easily with your help. (Fox Moth and Emperor).
No reply necessary.
james harrison - 21 July 2010
I just spotted a Poplar hawk moth in our office reception in central birmingham... not sure how it got there! I rescued it and put it on the wall outside.
Allan McBain - 20 July 2010

Thanks for putting this fantastic resource up for us all.

I've just had a moth in the house and came to you (again!) for an ID, but can't find anything that exactly matches - it's a bit like a ghost moth, but...

Anyway, the images are on Flickr if you fancy a crack at an ID and if you can use them for the site please let me know.

David Nicholls - 20 July 2010
Dear Ian
Thanks very much for this great site.I managed to identify a White Plume Moth resting on our window within about 30 seconds of finding your site using your Keyword search.If it is of any help I am in SP10 3BT,Andover,Hants.
Peter Todd - 20 July 2010
In Google Chrome on my system, the 'highslide' js is not working properly: image disappears when it's supposed to be expanded. Everything on seems ok.
Steve Horne - 20 July 2010
Agrius cingulata (Pink Spotted Hawkmoth) - Whilst trying to identify an unusual looking moth found near my home in Cornwall I used your website. I believe it is the Agrius cingulata but see that you have no photo on your site, mine are not the best but if you wish to have them please contact me. I attempted to use the link but with no success.
Jo Letts - 20 July 2010
Super stuff, I shall be using your website a lot!
Pepsidoodle - 19 July 2010
Thank you - because of this site I now know that I've seen a Six-Spot Burnet moth in my garden. Puzzle solved!
Peter Copestake - 18 July 2010
Excellent site once I knew what I thought I was looking for.
I have 3 photos of what I assume to be a young puss moth caterpillar about 12 mm in length (the caterpillar not the photo - good macro) which I think are better than the ones you show in that the 'tails' are better separated and the colours (yellow and rich brown) are less contrasty. I will send them if you wish otherwise no need to reply.

Judith Butler - 17 July 2010
Have just noticed a web like structure in top of our hawthorn tree at the front of the house. Looking this up it says the Euproctis chrysorrhoea makes these types of webs but it is too high up over a road for me to positively identify. Are there other creatures that do this because we are in the North West not South East, although we have had an extremely dry and hot summer so far.
Chris Gunter - 17 July 2010
found my moth here - Vapourer sounds like a superhero! Great site.
ROB Savidge - 17 July 2010
Hello Ian,
Brilliant site.
I couldn't find my Moth. I am in Billericay, Essex, its 17/07/2010 and he's siting in the garden by the Pond. I thought it was a mushroom at first as the wings were folded back showing cream/browny colours. He's got large furry antenna's (like big rabbit ears), he's mainly brown with a single white dot on the outside of each wing. Ive taken a few digital pictures in case they are of use on your site. All the best to you. Rob
dave hadfield - 17 July 2010
fantastic site learnt a lot thanks
Jacqui Stewart - 16 July 2010

My partner spotted an unusual (to us) large and beautiful creamy coloured moth outside tonight. Neither of us had ever seen one like it before.

Within 30 seconds of being on your site I was able to determine that it was a swallow-tail moth, with delicate veined looking wings.

Added site to favourites. Thank you very much


Near Blackpool
Louise T - 16 July 2010
After searching through all my British wildlife books I drew a blank on a dead moth that I found on my doorstep this morning. Within minutes of finding this website, I had it down as a scalloped oak! A first for me!! Thanks a million!! Great website.
Daniel Yeadon - 15 July 2010
I have had no real recognition for moths until i set eyes on a fabulous tiger moth .
Janet - 14 July 2010
Many thanks for such a wonderful site, I have identified such beauties as Buff Ermine and Small Magpie. Never realized just how many moths live in the UK.
Jenny Codd - 13 July 2010

I was just in my kitchen when a quite large yellow moth flew in through my window, after researching the moth i found a picture of a moth that looks similar, I believe it is a swallow tailed moth and i have some pictures and was wondering if i could send you the pictures in an email so you properly identify it for me.

Many thanks,

Louise Dunn - 13 July 2010
Excellent site that is very easy to use. I had come across a moth that I hadn't seen before and have now idenitfied it as a Chimmny Sweeper. Thanks.
Debbie Sewell - 13 July 2010
Brilliant site. Saw a lime hawk moth fluttering on the ground when out walking the dog and had no idea what it was. Looked at the top 20 but didn't identify it from there as the one shown is the greenish version. Typed in the keyword search - brown (for the colour) square (for the shape of the wing markings), flicked through the search results and very quickly found a photo looking exactly like the one we had seen.

Thanks, another bit of knowledge gained very simply. We shall definitely use the site again and let other people know about it.
Steve J - 13 July 2010
Great site, have used it many times and very easy to use. I notice there is a comment regarding there is a cd available? Could you give me more info on this as I think this could be a great present for someone. Cheers Steve
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