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Dean Fryer-Saxby - 14 August 2013
Really appreciate your website, and the Facebook page too. Thanks
Dave Levy - 10 August 2013
Terry Littlewood. - 8 August 2013
Just discovered this site in search for the name of an interesting caterpillar . Very long lifetimes interest in identifying moths since living in Ickworth Park Suffolk. Now resident on the Moray Firth Scotland. The caterpillar in question was a Grey Dagger. Took 20 odd photos of them so if you want a copy I will send one when I have sorted out the best ones.
Must site is far easier than trolling through the many books I have massed over the years.
Many thanks and good luck with your efforts.
Regards Terry Littlewood
vanessa - 8 August 2013
In August 2013, I saw a moth sheltering on the inside of my shed door which was left ajar the previous night. I hadn't seen one like it before. Your keyword search named it as Radford's Flame Shoulder. I live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
Chris - 6 August 2013
I knew I wasn't looking at a red underwing moth. It was a Jersey Tiger! It was the top stripes that gave it away! Thanks to your site for identifying it for me. FWIW I've now seen two in two days here in south east London (SE7). Beautiful.
Gillian - 6 August 2013
I have been recording butterflies and moths for the Big Butterfly count.
I have used this site and managed to identify most of the moths. Thank you.
I have one though which I can't find: Brown with black markings and a flash of red when it flies. Today I managed to photograph one. Would you be interested in helping?
Richard Belter - 3 August 2013
On holiday on Orkney last week,I took a picture of an unusual moth which having returned home and checked on your website now have identified as being The magpie {abraxas grossulariata}.In your notes it states this moth is not so common in Scotland,therefore having seen it on Orkney I assume this may be a little unusual.
Robert Cazenove - 2 August 2013
Dear Ian,
Thanks to your website I identified a Jersey Tiger resting on my sitting room window in London SE5. A moth I had never seen before. As it was on the window, I managed to photograph top and underside! Whilst photographing, I disturbed it and it flew off into the copper beech on the other side of the road! I hope this is of interest.
Joe Gardiner - 1 August 2013
Spotted a pair of Jersey Tiger moths in the garden this evening in London SE20.
Smiley Sue - 1 August 2013
I was able to identify the Jersey Tiger Moth by using this site. They are
very plentiful in my area of southeast London, Bromley, Kent. They are
a spectacular sight to behold. Thanks so much for making its identification so easy!!
Betty waterman - 31 July 2013
Thanks to your site was able to identify a Jersey Tiger moth in my front garden in south Somerset this evening at 8.00pm. Absolutely beautiful .
Simon Cole - 31 July 2013
Great site. I was able to identify my moth from the description. I am a professional enviromentalist and would like to see protection of moths and invertebrates built into EIA assessments and see pastureland, purchased by the taxpayer and turned back into meadow - as is common with wetland sites.
Nicola - 29 July 2013
Having spotted what I thought at first was a small butterfly in our back field I have been trying to find out what it was. (Cerise & Black lace is best description). To no avail so far - I think I recall it quite well or my memory is just no good. But anyway, my search has brought me to this website where I did find a moth I spotted in the public loo in Scarborough! Never thought a moth could be as lovely as buttterfly, it just goes to show how you are never too old to be wrong. Thanks for the small insight, I will now always look out for the moths, they are truely something beautiful.
Pippa - 29 July 2013
Very useful website - I have a book on butterflies and moths but it is not always easy to identify them from the pictures. I have seen my first stunning Swallowtail and a Herald ... looking for more now.
Maria - 26 July 2013
Hi! I really love moths, but I haven't seen that many species in person. Do you have any tips for looking out for different moths?
Maria - 24 July 2013
This site is really interesting, and helpful! For a few years I've seen dozens of these little purple moths in my garden and none of my wildlife books could help me identify it. It turned out to be Pyrausta purpuralis, mystery solved!!!
Alistair McDonnell - 22 July 2013
Good site, saw what looked very like a Jersey Tiger in Woolwich London (SE18 6TU). The back gardens in my street are mostly wild as they are all rented HMOs, seeing lots of different species of butterflies as well.
Susan Davenport - 22 July 2013
I saw an unusual moth the other day in my garden, one I had never seen before. I tried to photograph it but it flew away before I could photograph it. I was amazed today when I walked into my kitchen and saw the same moth flying about. It was about lunch time and the back door was open. I was able to safely catch it and release it in the garden. I was further surprised when I saw the same moth this evening in the garden. I was able to photograph it. Thanks to your website I have been able to identify it as a Jersey Tiger Moth. I assume a clutch of eggs must have hatched nearby. I live in Sidcup in Kent.

Thomas Garrigan - 21 July 2013
Hi there Ian i found youe site very useful with the way its set up for identification purposes it took me only a few minutes to sucessfully id a moth ive never seen before a{broad hooked moth}lovely specimen.This moth was found on the east coast of Ireland in wicklow on the 20 july 2013.

Thank You
Ken Ginn - 20 July 2013

An interesting website, I was looking to find out what the moth was I found in our garden, but I am not sure the moth is amongst your images.

I came across this website as I was curious about a moth I photographed in the garden whilst pulling weeds out. I photographed it and left it undisturbed on the trellis in the garden.

Is there a way I can email the image? It's just general curiosity really,


Caroline Moss-Gibbons - 19 July 2013
Dear Mr Kimber,
What a wonderfully useful site! I am a 'non-enthusiast', and having seen a pale creamy-yellow deltoid moth on my (Brighton) doorstep just now, I went onto the internet to see if I could identify it. Searching on 'British moths' your site came out as one of the top hits. As it was illustrated, I went to it first. I couldn't see the type of moth on the page the link took me to, but when I went to your home page, your section for the general public on the 'find that moth' top ten led me straight to it!

It's a Swallowtail. Quite beautiful, and one I have never seen before in my 54 years. Having read in its entry on your site that though common it is strictly nocturnal and has a short flying season in July, so not often seen by the non-enthusiast, I feel privileged that it decided to land on my doorstep!

Thank you for creating the site, and helping me find the answer within 3 minutes of seeing the moth.

Jay - 19 July 2013

I found Ypsolopha Sequella flying around my room. It was too hot, and I had all the windows open. It made quite a noise. as it crashed into the walls around the lights. I managed to catch it, using the old glass and piece of paper technique, and sent it on its merry way.

I only managed to identify what it was by using your site. Ill be coming back here often for identification, as I'm getting a lot of them flying in! Thanks for the information and pics, they were most helpful!

The pics of the moth are on this link for the site, for anybody interested in what I had! /show.php?id=6445
Mrs Janine Stansell - 18 July 2013
I found what seemed to be a pigeon dropping on the lawn but on close investigation it was a moth which, with the help of the photos, I identified as a leopard moth. As one of the photos showed a larva feeding on silver birch I have moved the moth onto our birch tree. Hope it pupates there.

Very helpful site. Just about to make a donation.

Janine Stansell
Harvey - 17 July 2013
Very interested in moths, get loads around the garden, identified White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758), through your site. First time I've seen it. Noted from your distribution map that it didn't register as present in Glasgow (until now?).
Emma Watts - 17 July 2013
Hi, just seen a beautiful White Satin Moth in a petrol station on Mansfied Road in Carrington, Nottingham, beautiful thing and my 3 year old daughter exclaimed \"that moth is absolutly beautiful!\" as it appears that this is usually a southern dweller, I thought I would share this sighting! Thanks for a wonderful website!
Frances Voelcker - 17 July 2013
Thank you for this excellent site. I saw a beautiful blue-green moth a couple of nights ago here in Pant Glas, Gwynedd, of a type I had never seen in enough detail before to identify. As I now know, having found it on your site, it was a Light Emerald. Common, but none the less wonderful for that.
Amadeus - 16 July 2013

Thanks for the help in identifying a moth I found (swallow tail).
I had tried various keywords but didn't find it - I found it eventually in the chart No. 9). Would be great to see the keywords that are registered against each moth.

Thanks again.
Gill Smart - 15 July 2013
I've been catching and photographing the moths that come into the house (then letting them go) and your website has been invaluable to identifying them. Thank you so much!
Doris Charles - 14 July 2013
Brilliant website i got quite a lot of information on a certain moth that was in my kitchen we think is was a cabbage moth, i have printed out the moths on you site.

Thank you Doris.
Sarah Courtney - 14 July 2013
I am new to moth watching this year and had to ask for help on Twitter as regards to identifying the moths in my trap. One friend posted a link to this site & now it's my primary ID tool. Love the keyword search. I am stunned by the varieties of moths that come to our garden & have become addicted to this search for night time creatures. From Dorset.
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