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Paul Hobbs - 11 July 2013
Hi visiting site for 1st time. Had a huge visitor in conservatory. Think it is a death head hawk not sure, trying to identify about 4 inches long, distinctive grey human looking face on back, picture available. Would be nice to know.... It is very impressive (thinking silence of lambs)
Oliver Watson - 11 July 2013
Great site!
Just seen a feathered thorn down at Otmoor near Oxford. Is this early sighting unusual?
James Common - 10 July 2013
Only started trapping this week after purchasing my first trap, a new plastic Heath trap. I've found this site crucial for identifying my catch over the last few days and with the handy identification guide have managed to pick out some real beauties including; Buff Arches, Poplar Hawk-moth, Gold spot and a personal favourite of mine (to date) the Coxcomb Prominent.

This site is a wonderful resource for total moth 'Newbies' like myself.

Carolyn - 10 July 2013
Hello there, thank you for this resource. I found what (thanks to your images) seems to have been a Small Grass Emerald moth in my lounge here in Worcestershire last night - very pretty it was too. :)
Bob Punt - 8 July 2013
I'm not in the same league as most of your clients in the guest book. My wife and I are just realising what beautiful creatures moths can be. We have an absolute stunner perched (wrong word) on our front door and would like to find out just what is it's name.
Ian Hardy - 7 July 2013
Hi Ian,

I have used this site a few times and have found it to be most useful.


Ian Hardy
Kerry Porter - 7 July 2013
What a great site you have, your keyword search is brilliant and allowed me to quickly identify the moth I found in my garden today.
He was a friendly fellow, I picked him up to move him away from my dog who'll eat anything that moves. He didn't want to get off me, even climbing back on my shoe after I put him down! Turns out he is a pale shouldered Brocade moth.
Malcolm Hillier - 5 July 2013
An excellent resource to which I can contribute some slides when I can find the time to compare my images with those already posted. For example I have good images of Essex Emerald, Barberry Carpet and one or two other RDB species taken while assisting Paul Waring with the JNCC captive breeding program in the late '80's and early '90's. I will be in contact.
W H Whewell - 4 July 2013
Very pleased with my search.My moth turned out to be a Brimstone Moth.

Many thanks.
jackie underwood - 3 July 2013
found a moth that I had never seen before, in 62 years!! Came onto this site and hey presto there it was - lovely photos so I could easily ID mine. Thanks for having a fab moth site. You are in my favourites so I can access easily.
pete - 2 July 2013
very helpful, thanks,work as agardener.57 yrs old luv nature never seen a moth like cinnaba.
G.Nixon - 1 July 2013
I found a mating pair of moths in the drive way and now thanks to your site I now know they are Lime Hawk Moths
Ali - 30 June 2013

In my garden this afternoon, I saw this really bright pink and black moth. I know it was a moth as the wings folded againsts it's back. Unlike a butterfly, which fold upright. I really want to know the name of it as it was really unusual and I would love to know more about it.

Angie Newton - 29 June 2013
Thank you for developing this site, I found it to be very straightforward and easy to use (to identify an Oak Eggar). I now have the site bookmarked on my computer and am sure I will use it frequently in the future.
Alistair Macdonald-Smith - 28 June 2013
Just to say thank you for this amazing site: found by accident (we have a pop(u)lar hawk moth on our front door). This site is a brilliant resource.
Just BTW - I am fascinated by moths, ever since I left the bathroom light on and sash windows open at a house in Northamptonshire that had a fully mirrored (floor to ceiling) bathroom - one giant moth trap...
Now live in Northumberland and see fewer moths, but do occasionally get humingbird hawk moths in late summer, which I wouldn't have expected.
anki - 25 June 2013
Hello, I live in Sweden and your site has been lots of help for me when I look what moth I have take photo on.
Your keyword search and regular search is great, most of the time I found the moth.
Keep up the good work with this site and with your health, hope you recover soon.


Gail Parker - 25 June 2013
So excited that we were able to identify a Hummingbird Hawk Moth using your site. We've just moved to Somerset from London and getting such pleasure from all the new (to us) wildlife we're meeting.

Thank you for a really interesting and helpful site
Liz Stoyel - 22 June 2013
Thanks. I found a moth sitting on a step leading up to Hammersmith Bridge. I took some photos using my iphone and managed to identify it - using your website - as a lime hawk moth. Seems like an ideal name since its caterpillas live on lime leaves and it is lime coloured!
Chris Burgess - 20 June 2013
Dear Mr Kimber,

Just to say that a colleague and I found a significant number of Dahlica lichenella at a garden where we work at a coastal site in Lymington, Hampshire on 3rd June. We are not entomologists or moth experts (though I have a horticultural science background), but do garden maintenance there every week. It was clearly the lichen case-bearer moth from the illustrations online and looking at them under a microscope. They were found on untreated teak garden furniture which had a patina of lichen and algae. The furniture is on a south-facing terrace near the house which probably has a suitable microclimate. We couldn't find any on either lichen covered stone or other woodwork further away from the house where it is possibly more exposed. The Solent / Lymington river is about 200 - 300 m away at the bottom of the garden, which can be quite exposed to prevailing winds.

The owner has noticed these larvae in previous years and thought them a nasty pest and tried to kill them all with garden furniture cleaner etc. as they occasionally dine outside on the table and chairs!

I have emailed Mike Wall of the Hantsmoth website, but not had a reply yet. Anyway, judging from what I've seen yours and his site, they maybe quite scarce, and therefore possibly worth an official record.

I look forward to your comments.


Ian Emery - 17 June 2013
Your beginners Top 20 was very useful to me, helping me to identify a moth I have never seen before. Unfortunately it was dead when I found it in the grass of our back lawn. It was the black and red colouring that attracted me to it. From your website I now know it is/was, a Cinnabar moth. I did take some photos to remember it by, but the wings are slightly damaged so it not something for your website. If you need to know things like location, time and date they are Stafford, postcode ST17 9TD, Time 20:50 on 17 June 2013.
Regards, Ian Emery.
John Rutherford - 17 June 2013

I spotted an unusual moth today, on my garden gate. Looking at your site I think it might be a Lime Hawk Moth. I've taken a couple of photos if you'd like me to email them to you.

I live in Moreton on the Wirral Peninsular and wasn't sure if you log such information

Enable JavaScript to view protected content. - 17 June 2013
I have got a moth on my plant I live in a ground floor flat ive got a bird table and some planters.I saw this moth on my plant and looked him up on the internet he is a lime hawk moth but he has not moved at all in the last 2 days still clingling to the same plant I have left him alone
jenny hardy - 16 June 2013
Hi Ian, well done for making such a helpful website! I stubbled across when i was trying to identify a moth i found out my garden path this weekend, i think its a garden tiger moth from looking at your thumbnails!
It was amazing beautiful!
Think i might start a new hobby of moth studying!
Anne Perry - 15 June 2013
Perfect, identified what I was looking at in one search (elephant hawk moth). A really useful resource and well laid out site. Thank you.
Liz - 12 June 2013
Hi Ian, I saw a beautiful large moth sitting on the pavement today. From your site it looked very similar to the large elephant hawkmoth in shape but was a brighter green with pink markings on its body. Could it be a hawkmoth? I wish I had taken a photo now and I do hope it survives. If it's still there tomorrow (which I'm sure it won't be!) I will definitely take a photo.

Your web site is amazing - never knew there were so many different moths.

Kind regards


Tim Paine - 7 June 2013
I'm hoping to identify a moth
Malcolm smith - 7 June 2013
Eyed Hawk-Moth -- flew into my kitchen tonight manage to trap and release unharmed. Is this type of moth normally found in Glasgow Scotland. I've had a look around many sites and couldn't find an answer. I'm an avid Bird watcher and the moth I trapped was definitely an Eyed Hawk-Moth. The colours were very vivid and beautiful. 06/06/2013 at 0100hrs.
Steven Cheshire - 6 June 2013
Just wondered if you are interested in a record of 1381 Anania funebris at Glasdrum Wood in Scotland, photographed earlier today on a visit to see Chequered Skipper butterfly? Your distribution map shows it as absent from Scotland so not sure how significant this record is? Great web site by the way. I use it all the time for moth ID.
Steven Cheshire
Edward Gill - 3 June 2013
I noticed a beautiful small day-flying moth around the potted plants on the patio last Friday. Trying to identify it using the thumbnails proved difficult with so many to look through. I decided to use the search facility and supplied the keywords; yellow, spot, red. To my amazement, the first resulting image was my moth - Pyrausta aurata! Reading the description, I was surprised to see that it's larvae feed on mint - a new potted mint plant has been growing where I saw the moth! Further research found that the moth does have a common name - the mint moth! I shall not be surprised if I see holes in the mint leaves soon!
Nicola Keech - 2 June 2013
I found 2 Lime-Hawk moths in my cold frametoday (2 June 2013) I have never seen them before. Your web site was very interesting and solved the mystery for me.
Thank you
Nicola Keech.
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