The Vapourer Moth
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October is often a great time for rare birds in Cornwall but they’re not the only creatures of interest flying. During recent birding trips in the Cornish coastal valley migrant hot spots several male Vapourer moths were seen flying in … Read More

Black Rustic moths
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For many British moth enthusiasts the appearance of Black Rustics at light traps in the autumn is a depressing sign that the summer has gone and winter is on its way. The huge moth catches at the height of summer … Read More

Portland Ribbon Wave
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The 2012 records of this scarce migrant moth to the British Isles seem to confirm that it is resident in Cornwall. The highlight of our first full years recording moths at a site in Falmouth may have been Cornwall’s first … Read More

British migrant moth Cydia amplana
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The south coast of Britain experienced an unprecedented influx of the migrant Tortrix moth Cydia amplana during the first half of August 2012. With favourable weather systems sucking up warm air off the continent many thousands, probably millions, of this … Read More

Oak Eggar moths
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See updated Oak Eggar species page Male Oak Eggar moths are commonly seen flying during the daylight in search of resting females at this time of year in many parts of the UK. Here, along the coastline of South West … Read More

Several new moth species found during Windmill Farm Nature Reserve BioBlitz
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When a combination of knowledgeable enthusiasts with a diverse range of wildlife interests and the general public gather to explore a site to learn more about its biodiversity it invariably produces some interesting and not previously recorded species. During last … Read More

British Clearwing Moths
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It’s not everyday that two species of clearwings are recorded in a single day without the use of pheromones. Whilst photographing cliff top plants beside the South West Coast Path at Portscatho, on the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall, my wife … Read More

Buff-tip moth identification guide
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How can a species that is so difficult to see in its natural habitat also be one of the most recognisable species of British moth? Amongst over 2,600 different moth species of all shapes, sizes, colours and designs there is … Read More

Different colour forms of British moths
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Dark Arches is normally an easily recognisable British moth but it does have other less common forms. Those of us interested in identifying lepidoptera soon learn to pick out the common Dark Arches quickly from amongst maybe as many as … Read More

Moth Night results 2012
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Migrants save the day. This years events, involving both daytime recording and night time trapping at brown field sites, are likely to have been severely hampered by the wet and windy weather sweeping most of the country. Certainly the weather … Read More

Wildlife Recording Events: Moth Night
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Moth Night, formerly known as National Moth Night, will take place on 21 – 23 June 2012. The theme will be the moths of brownfield habitats (such as old quarries, disused railway lines, reclaimed coal tips, gravel and clay workings, … Read More

Migrant moths in Cornwall: Bordered Straw
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This migrant moth was unusually seen during the daytime whilst photographing Ermine nests on the cliffs over looking Poldhu Cove on The Lizard before the storms moved in last week. Numbers of migrant Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies were … Read More

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