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Jenny Scott - 30 May 2013
More help with identifying larvae please !
James Pam - 27 May 2013
I have a Skinner Trap and after a very slow start moths are beginning to come to light. I transfer the moths to a perspex specimen box and take photo's of the moth before release. The problem I am having now the weather is starting to warm up is that the moth takes flight as soon as I take the specimen lid off. Some people suggest that putting them in the fridge will calm them down a suggestion my wife is not in support of!! An alternative could be placing a freezer block with the specimen case in a box and waiting till the moths have become torpid. How long would it take for moths to become torpid? I don't want to risk killing them with the cold.
Fran - 27 May 2013
I was out with my daughter and we saw a strange moth on the wall,so very excited was my daughter at seeing this camouflage moth we set about trying to identify it.we googled British moths and your website came up so we looked at a picture and presto, it was a lime hawk moth.
A brill website well don
Leslie Round - 20 May 2013
This is a great site. I use it loads to check micro's
Imre Fazekas, editor - 13 May 2013
Dear Mr. Kimber,

I send the Hungarian Microlepidoptera website with links.

Best regards,
Imre Fazzekas
Cathy stenton - 27 April 2013
The site is very useful!!
Came across whilst looking up the best type of Nicitiana to plant for uk moths??
Still looking.
'sylvestris' apparently is very attractive to moths but uk moths cannot access the pollen
Going for 'alata', not sure on'sanderae'.
Am now going to look up a day flying, very small moth that loves my golden marjoram and oregano pot.
Terry Whitaker - 23 April 2013
Hi Ian
Just a minor correction needed on the Least Minor Photedes captiuncula page the food plant is Carex flacca not as spelled 'flecca'
Your site is great, well done, and thanks for your tremendous efforts.
Diana Taylor - 7 April 2013
I wonder if you can put me in touch with anyone who knows of the worldwide distribution of Lobster moth (Stauropus fagi)? On a recent trip to Zimbabwe (March) a friend found a caterpillar which looks remarkably like the unusual lobster moth larva, yet there is no record of it from there. I have good photos. ( I spent many years working there as an entomologist and this was a first for me.)
Pygmaeomorpha oculari - 4 April 2013

Please, I need classificator this butterfly specie and her family is Limacodidae: Pygmaeomorpha oculari.

Bests regards,
Maria Rodrigues
Neil Macdonald - 4 April 2013
Godsend to beginners like me.
Steve & Marie Romaine - 29 March 2013
I have loved to look at moths for years and my wife is fascinated by them. She often photographs them and has favourites like the Elephant Hawk, Cinnabar and Hawk moth.
This is a wonderful website and such a pleasure to find something of interest on the internet nowadays that isn't trying to sell products all the time.

Great, well done on all your efforts
Amanda Barton - 22 February 2013
Hi, new site looks great, but I can't find 'whats on the wing tonight'. I used to use this when I had micro moths in the trap as I could click on all the micros usually around at the time until I found the one to match.
Penny Anne Relf - 20 February 2013
My first visit this year - looking forward to a good sunny moth trapping year. keep up the good work!!
Alan Roberts - 18 February 2013
A very useful site.found it very helpful.
Rachel McAleese - 5 February 2013
I used this site and the keyword search regularly in identifying moth species found in my postgraduate dissertation. Thanks guys! Moths are so difficult to ID when you are a relative beginner so thank you so much for making things a little easier for me!
trevor - 3 January 2013
fantastic site! this is my homepage. i use it for reference and i.d. although i often plough through 100s of photos sometimes without success. particularly useful for i.d. confirmation after book combing. quality photos help
Mike Hardman - 27 December 2012

I must say I find your web site most excellent - despite my living and mothing in Cyprus. Many species of moth occur in both places, and it is nice to see some familiar faces at my lights. Your site provides me with more and good photos to help identification, and especially useful are statements of differences between similar species.

Thank you, keep up the good work,
Mike Hardman
(Recorder for Viola for the BSBI, commissioned author for the RHS, geologist, etc.)
Andy King - 8 December 2012
Hello Ian, - an excellent website and one I very frequently use. I do have a couple of photos of species you may want - Coleophora milvipennis (adult) and Stephensia brunnichella, but I can't find your email address. - Andy King.
Enable JavaScript to view protected content. - 22 November 2012
I have had a moth. Well I think it's a moth in my house for 3 months. It only moves (wings only) when I gently blow on it. It stays in one position for about 3 weeks, then decides to move to a new place, it is not attracted to
Light either . It's totally black, with a brown edging pattern at the tip of the wings. Any ideas on what moth this could be, I have a pic too if anyone.e is interested . Really strange but cool little thing gram :)
Duncan Williamson - 21 October 2012
I came to identify a moth and found it in your top 20: Angle Shades.

Then I took a look around the site ... You are doing a really good job for UK moth lovers/fanciers. Admirable!

Anne-Marie Smout - 11 October 2012
I have been asked to write an article for the NBN News about my life in biological recording and I would like to use the photo from this website of the Clifden Nonpareil, as it was that which got me hooked on moths. Would that be OK? I will of course give due acknowledgement.
Tony - 17 September 2012
very useful website, mum has just shown me 3 photos of moths she took at Rownhams service station on the M27, one was of an Poplar Hawk, a leopard and a Scalloped Oak. :)
Chris Dodd - 11 September 2012
Hi Ian
Just taking a quick look as you were complemented by Pete Eeles I joined his site the other day led there trying to id a caterpillar.
It turned out to be a Elephant Hawk caterpillar. Pretty Cool i thought so I registered it with the local moth count rep.
Im 56 now and seem to have got the bug ( or moth as the case maybe lol )always a keen naturalist I will be visiting your site on a regular basis as with as I am finding all this quite fascinating.
Wish I had started earlier but hope to get the grandkids involved.
Many Thanks
Vicky Norman - 11 September 2012
Thank you for your helpful website. I think I have found the moth I was looking for, namely the Common Wave. My speciman, however,is a very pale grass green with very pronounced white lines and a completly white slightly furry body with slightly wavy wing edges.
The butterfly and moth book I used had the Common Wave moth but it's colour was completly wrong so I was unable to identify it. Thanks for your photos!
Ken Haggerty - 11 September 2012
Maybe the readers would be amused to know that I checked out this web site to find information on Pseudopanthera Macularia. What is interesting is that I found one in my home in western Massachusetts, USA.
Jane Stern - 8 September 2012
Hi my cat was playing with what we thought was a slug last night, but today I had a closer look and identified it as a Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor caterpillar. Its still alive but not doing anything much. I have moved it into the shade, but I wondered if there was anything I could do to help. Is it going into its pupae state now, or has my cat fatally injured it? (cant see any injuries on its body). Thanks for your help.


Jane Stern
Gary Price - 7 September 2012
Thanks to the site I found out that we have a Jersey Tiger in our back garden in Tiverton. Had us all scratching our heads.
Colin Chambers - 7 September 2012
I found your web site very good and was able to positively a moth, unknown to me, as I live in South Africa. It was Jersey Tiger. I am living in Bromley Kent BR1 4DB near to a large park and several small woods so all your notes on habitat are valid.I have two good photos which I could email if you would like them.


Colin Chambers
Juanita Peak - 5 September 2012
This was the best website I found that had clear pictures and gave me a good short explanation of what I wanted to know. I had a strange thing on my lap when I sat in my lounge this evening and I touched it and it jumped. It looked like a moth and I have just found this picture on your website of a jumping moth from mexico that is in bean pods. I don't know where it has come from and I haven't been able to locate it either. So thanks anyway. Great website.
Alice Hudson - 5 September 2012
I was walking to the supermarket with my pram today when I nearly ran over a strange looking bug. Going in for a closer look I realised it was a caterpillar of some sort and it looked as though it had eyes. I'm usually scared of insects/bugs but I was brave and used some paper and a stick to move it back to a grassy area on the side of the pavement because I didn't want anyone to stand on it. Later on, I posted it online and asked if anyone could identify it. Someone did! It was an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar. Since then I've been reading up on UK moths and it really is fascinating. Thank you so much for all the info and pictures on your website.

I'll still be terrified when one comes flying into my house though!
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