Why is the moon so big and bright?
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Full moons, at the best of times, are the worst time to attract moths to light as its brightness reduces the effectiveness of the moth trap light. Last Saturday night I over optimistically set a 60Watt actinic light hoping the … Read More

New moth for Cornwall: Sombre Brocade
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On 3 October 2011 a moth appeared in the trap that I didn’t instantly recognise. It was at a time of a large moth migratation into Cornwall so my interest in its identity was intensified by the thought it must … Read More

British moths: Marbled Coronet
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Marbled Coronet is being regularly recorded in our garden in Cornwall at the moment. It’s yet another of those British moths that looks fairly ordinary until viewed closer through a macro lens. And if you were trying to describe it … Read More

Moth pupa: Angle Shades
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An Angle Shades moth (latin name Phlogophora meticulosa) emerged last night from the reddish brown pupa found when clearing out some old cast iron guttering in January. More identification and rearing information can be seen on this Angle Shades moth … Read More

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

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