British Moths: Angle Shades
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This Angle Shades moth spent a whole day sitting on a heather in the garden. It didn’t appear to be feeding and for a moth so cryptically well designed to blend into twig and leafy surroundings it seemed strange that … Read More

Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica): how does this British moth get its name?
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This common moth, flying now, is another example of the wonderfully descriptive names of many moth species. It is named after the black mark in the centre of the wing which is either a good representation of a letter in … Read More

British moths: Twin-spotted Quaker colour forms
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There are many of these common moths flying at the moment including some very pale ones. Featured are some images of a few colour forms recorded over the years including one so pale that the two dark spots from which … Read More

British micro moth: Diurnea fagella
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A single male Diurnea fagella, an early flying British micro moth, was attracted to a window light last night. Like several of the early flying moths the females (above right) have reduced wings and cannot fly. They attract males by … Read More

British migrant moths
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The mild weather encouraged me to put the 2 x 30 watt Actinic trap on last night for the first time this year. Nothing remarkable but a migrant Silver Y (Autographa gamma) and an Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria) were quite … Read More

British moths: that old Chestnut
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What an anti climax! Amazingly mild overcast conditions for the time of year and the only moth attracted to a 2×30 watt actinic trap was The Chestnut. The species can be confused with the Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula) but this … Read More

Macro photography of British moths: Agonopterix heracliana
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Agonopterix heracliana is one of the few micro moth species flying at the moment. Several have been attracted to the lights of our lounge window over the last few nights. Not a species that’s going to improve the general public’s … Read More

Macro photography of British micro moths: Amblyptilia punctidactyla
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Finding any moth in the middle of winter would normally be a moment of celebration but when it’s a plume …! They are terribly frustrating things to photograph. All legs and sticky out angles making it almost impossible to get … Read More

Early-flying British moths
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Dotted Border, Spring Usher, Early Moth and March Moth are just four of the early flying moth species its possible to record in February. Insight into British moths: See over 1,000 images of British moths in the British moths gallery … Read More

Winter Moth and caterpillar
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Well, at least it’s something seasonal. Having reported on butterflies, bees, warblers and unseasonal flowers in recent days Winter Moths attracted to the lounge window last night were a reminder that it is, after all, still only January! Winter Moths … Read More

Migrant moths in Cornwall: The Delicate
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The extremely volatile weather systems have continued with some very strong warm southerly winds coming up from the continent. These winds have continued to bring with them migrant moth species although not in the numbers experienced at the start of … Read More

Migrant moths arriving in Cornwall
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Warm air flows rising up from Europe and Africa have brought many migrant moths to Cornwall in the last few days. Ten different migrant species of all shapes, sizes and colours have been attracted to the garden moth trap here … Read More

Cornwall garden moths: Black-banded
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In most other parts of the country attracting a Black-banded, above left, to a garden light would be a big surprise but here in the extreme South West and close to sea cliffs it is a species to be expected … Read More

Grass moths: Agriphila geniculea
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Several Agriphila geniculea have been attracted to light recently. They are part of a family of micro moths often called ‘Grass Moths’ because of their presence in long grass where they align themselves with the stem and are often only … Read More

Daytime flying British moths: Pyrausta aurata
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Before the weather changed for the worse this colourful micro moth, Pyrausta aurata, (above left) was recorded flying in the sunshine visiting flowers in our Falmouth garden. To be sure that it wasn’t the very similar and often more common … Read More

Migrant Moths: Portland Ribbon Wave
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The garden moth trap in Falmouth, Cornwall attracted four Portland Ribbon Waves on the night of the 1st September. The large number recorded suggest that these moths may not have been migrants helped northwards across the English Channel by south … Read More

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