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Paula - 13 July 2010
Hello - wow what a great site. thank you.
I have just seen my first (very dozy) Privet Hawk Moth and as it was so big I dashed home to identify it.
Thank you
wayne probert - 11 July 2010
I would like to thank you for the information in your site. I took my son for a walk in a country park in Dagenham and he pointed out some caterpillars, which i had never seen before. I was so interested that i looked them up on your site after trying one or two others, UKmoths was the most informative by far and the easiest to navigate. It turned out to be a common moth called a cinnabar but at the park i noticed very high numbers of them. Now i know what they look like thanks to your site i am now awaiting to find a adult. Thanks again.
M Bradley - 9 July 2010
A very useful guide. (the top 20). I was able to confirm the sighting of a hummingbird hawk moth in my garden last Sunday(4th July)It was feeding on the nectar from a large lavender bush. I have not sighted any others since despite the very high temperatures we have had.
leanne paulley - 8 July 2010
hi ian i love this website i used to be scared of moths but ive become really interested in them over the past month thanks to your website. i have so far identified 3 different types of moth and am always on the look out for more
Sandra Butler - 7 July 2010
I have found this site very useful. We have a wetlands project at work which I look after and held a moth trapping event at our recent Open Day, helped by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. We caught over 100 moths, but only 7 were positively identified. We are due to take a course on moth identification. I have published an educational booklet on those moths identified for school visits to the project and could not have completed this without the help of your website.
Darren Tonge - 5 July 2010
Hello Ian,

Great site use it all the time.

You mention that you sell a CD version, can you let me know the cost.

Many Thanks.

Paul Howland - 4 July 2010
Love the site but ave a pic of a moth that seems to be a Garden tiger but with spotted forewings rather than random stripes... Do the Tigar moths interbreed?
Karen Holden - 4 July 2010

A friend referee me to your website, as I found a Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria in my home, and have seen other ones in the entrance hall to the flat. I know for this time of year it's not uncommon but I see from your description that it's not normally found in northern Scotland. Depending on what you count as northern I thought it best to let you know this species is present in Dundee. I have pictures of one of the ones I've seen - all seen over the last few days.

Sarah - 3 July 2010
Fantastic website! I've been trapping and recording moths in my garden since 2003; this site has been extremely useful to me for identifying moths, and is essential for the micros since there is otherwise so little information available. I'll keep my eyes peeled for any you're still looking for pictures of. Many thanks!
Corrin Harris - 3 July 2010
Thankyou for an excellent website - never having idenified a moth in my life - I was able to identify a Swallowtail Moth which I found on my front door this morning (30/6/2010)...
Stephen Evans - 2 July 2010
This is a very handy resource - especially for a beginner who s stuggling to get agrip of the field guides.

Well done.
Val Penn - 1 July 2010
Thank you - this is a brilliant site!
Dr Greg French - 1 July 2010
Great site. A friend showed me a photo of a pair of mating moths which I vaguely recognised from my youth when I collected and bred hawk moths and within 5 minutes I was able to identify the moths as being Lime Hawk moths

Carolin Hallworth - 1 July 2010
Thank you for your website which I discovered today. Last night a large white moth flew in through the bathroom window and as it was still there this morning I balanced precariously on the bath to get a picture. I've used your top 20 to identify it as a swallow-tailed moth - the first I've seen.
E Scott - 1 July 2010
Have just seen several 'narrow-bordered, five spot Burnet moths' - Zygaena Ionicerae (I think) in our garden. This is in Achiltibuie, north west coast of Scotland. Is this an unusual place to find them? Have a great picture if I knew where to send it.
k dando - 30 June 2010
Thank you for this useful site.We found a huge moth in the garden tonight and the children were facinated by it,taking photos as it rested on a fence post.We looked on several sites but didnt recognise it.Then we tried this site and recognised the moth as a privet hawk moth.Thank you again.
Sarah Smith, Bristol - 30 June 2010
Just had the fright of my life when I was carrying our pushchair up the stairs (we live in a first-floor flat), when I felt a persistant tickle on my arm. Put the pushchair down and absently rubbed my arm only to have the HUGEST moth I have seen (outside of butterfly houses) fly into my face and fall onto the floor.
It was big enough for the dogs to take notice and I quickly shut them out while I fetched a pint glass to catch it. I'd normally just pick it up but I still had the 'tickles' from when the poor thing flew in my face. I took a photo and released it outside my door.
Your site was the first that came up under google, and I had a vague idea that Hawk moths are some of the biggest in Britain and sure enough, found an identical picture of a Lime Hawk Moth. The caterpillars are familiar even though I've never seen the moth.
Must be feeding off something other than lime as the nearest lime trees I know of (live in area with lots of public green spaces and small gardens) are 3/4 mile away. Will the adult moths travel that far? I know the adults don't eat but I've seen the catapillars in my garden.
Thankyou again for this site, I never realised we had such beautiful moths here. We always think of butterflies first don't we.
Les Mitchell - 30 June 2010
I saw a humming bird hawk moth in the garden yesterday in Cambridgeshire. I have never seen one before. What a beautiful creature!
How rare are they?
(I know nothing of moths.)
Les Mitchell
Helen Plant - 30 June 2010
I have found a moth that I'm having a hard time identifying.
It looks a little like Pyrausta aurata but is brown with white/cream spots on the wings.
I have a photo which I can send you - let me know.
Please help me as it is doing my head in.
sam - 29 June 2010
i found a moth i'd never seen, found uk moths found out what it was within the first minute of using the site, brilliant. it was a elephant hawk moth. found it in the garden in wales. got a good picture too.
veronica massen - 29 June 2010
How wonderful I am a childminder and this afternoon come across this beautiful moth in are garden we have never seen such a unusual insect before not knowing what it was or if i could find out about it i went onto your site and within mins was able to identife it as a elephant hawk moth i wish we had of had time to take a photo but alas not but the children could not stop talking about it thank you once again for your help and we will be keeping our eyes open in the future.
Robin Harris - 29 June 2010
As a newcomer to moth trapping - I started in April this year (2010)- I have found the site very helpful, esp when used in conjunction with some of the county moth sites. I live in East Sussex
leanne paulley - 28 June 2010
i live in stowmarket in suffolk and found a strange moth in the garden. it turned out to be a leopard moth. i had never seen one before and your website was very useful
Caro Middlemas - 28 June 2010
Just spotted an Elephant Hawk Moth in Pitlochry, Scotland. Thanks you for such a fantastic site as I wouldn't have been able to identify it with your help! What a beautiful moth, I hope I get the chance to see many more.
chris cope - 27 June 2010
I have a Poplar Hawk moth in my greenhouse, & it has laid some eggs(identified from your pictures) is there anything helpful I can do with them?
marc thomas - 27 June 2010
great web site im now getting my kids into looking at moths and this site will help alot thank you
David Allenby - 25 June 2010
Came to identify a moth and did so in under a minute! Excellent!
Jane McLarty - 25 June 2010
Great site - but I couldn't find a moth I've just seen in the garden. Wings crumpled (newly emerged perhaps?) - but beautiful creamy yellow body, with three lines of black spots, one down the 'spine' , one each side. Any idea what this is?
Paul Lucke - 24 June 2010
Thank you for making this website available and the keyword search is ideal. I saw what I now know to be a cinnabar moth initially on the black fencepost in my London Inner City garden at about 11am today. I was first struck by the smart bright scarlet bars on its wings - much brighter in the morning sunlight than in the sample picture - and it seemed to be compromising the camouflage of its mainly black wings. Then it took off and jigged around the garden displaying its scarlet underwings and my first thought was that the scarlet must make it a target for any passing bird and I got really worried for it's safety. I didn't remember having seen one before and I went for my camera but the moth had gone when I got back. I first tried to identify it as a butterfly but then I remembered it was a neat triangular \"moth-shape\" despite the fact that it was flying round in the day time. Presumably the red colour is not a camouflage issue at night under sodium lights when red looks black and the predators are using echo-location rather than sight anyway. It was bright sunlight from about 4:20am today (I forgot to pull the curtains) and London moths must be accustomed to high light levels all night and I suppose they need to feed during daylight because there isn't enough night-time in high summer? My neighbour's garden is ill-kempt so I suppose that is where they find the ragwort. I will look on the web for details of how to identify ragwort and get my binoculars out and see if I can see the cinnabar at rest tomorrow.
Helen Plant - 23 June 2010
Very useful for the tiddly micro moths!
Has also helped me improve my id skills.
Thank you
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