Striped Hawkmoth migration
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The last week has seen a large number of magnificent Striped Hawkmoths, Hyles livornica, arrive in the Uk. Assisted by favourable southerly winds blowing in from the continent these fabulous moths first arrived along the south coast and are now … Read More

Male and female Jersey Mocha moths
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Male and female Jersey Mochas have emerged from the overwintered pupae of caterpillars reared last year. The eggs had been laid by a migrant Jersey Mocha attracted to light on the Lizard Peninsular by John Foster. Records of this species … Read More

Scarlet Tiger caterpillars on Green Alkanet
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Hopes are high for the stunning sight of large numbers of brightly coloured Scarlet Tiger Moths later in the summer. This species is prone to sudden explosions in numbers and the many recent reports of their caterpillars from the southern … Read More

Early Mullein Moth in Cornwall
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This cryptically marked Mullein moth was on a granite wall outside a hotel in Falmouth in South West Cornwall on the 21st of March. This is over a month earlier than the species would normally be seen in Cornwall and … Read More

Overwintering Hummingbird Hawkmoth
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Recent sunshine has enticed a few overwintering butterflies out into the garden. Whilst the odd Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterfly hasn’t been surprising a Hummingbird Hawkmoth certainly was. This early record may have been either a migrant or one … Read More

Very large moths arriving in the UK
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Recent fine weather has seen the arrival in the British Isles of some large migratory moths from the continent. These have included several Convolvulus Hawkmoths. This species is one of the strongest flying moths and recorded as far north as … Read More

German caterpillars
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These three sightings of very different looking caterpillars were recorded in Germany. A magnificent Goat Moth caterpillar was seen by Eva Almajan near the Krumme Lanke Lake in Berlin. While, in Bavaria, Germany, Normajean Spencer spotted a green form of … Read More

National Moth Night
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The twentieth anniversary of National Moth Night takes place over three nights between 26th and 28th September. This year the magnificent Clifden Nonpareil Catacolia fraxini also known as the Blue Underwing, is one of the targeted species. For those unfamiliar … Read More

Rare Death’s-head hawkmoth in Scotland
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Anita Smith had a rare but very welcome visitor to her garden in Morayshire, Scotland. This magnificent Death’s-head Hawkmoth was first seen in her neighbours garden and then photographed on a trellis in Anita’s. This long distance flyer is the … Read More

The Lappet Moth (Gastropacha quercifolia)
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  A Lappet moth was one of the highlights of a successful moth course run by David Brown at the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre and Reserve. This cryptically camouflaged moth was attracted to light and photographed by June Clouston … Read More

Huge migrant Hawkmoth caterpillars
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Recent moth, butterfly and caterpillar sightings have included several Death’s Head Hawkmoth caterpillars. Two have been from the Isle of Wight. Violet Mareck found one munching leaves on her Olive Tree. While Sharon Pagnell recorded a yellow form on a … Read More

Migrant moths to Cornwall in the British Isles
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The very mild weather continued here in southwest Cornwall well into late Autumn and early winter. This provided the ideal opportunity to attract more migrant moths to light with the hope of them laying eggs which could then be reared … Read More

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