Over 250 Moths Over 16 Years

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Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) – taken August 2005

It was when I purchased my first digital camera back in 2005, a Sony Cybershot compact camera, that my love for nature and the side of the natural world, that is not always often seen but is always there to be found, became rekindled. My interest in moths – ‘moth mania’ I call it – began from a young age when I used to stay up a little at night with my older brother Steve, looking out for these nocturnal insects. In those days I used to paint and draw them, especially those with vivid patterns and colours like the Garden Tiger, which has sadly declined over the years since, and I have not yet seen one here to photograph.

Red Underwing (Catocala nupta) – taken August 2006
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria – taken June 2007

So since 2005, I have photographed over 250 (and still counting with lots of past images still to go through and positively identify) species of moth and have uploaded them to this site. 250 is small fraction of the 2,500 or more species of moth to be found throughout Britain. Not all are attracted to light. Some are attracted to feromones or sugar. Some are day-fying moths, and some are rare and localised to different areas of the country.

The Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) – taken September 2008
Common Marbled Carpet (Dysstroma truncata) – taken May 2009

Oddly enough, in the year 2010 I apparently did not take one single moth photo, but a year later moth mania hit me again and I photographed over 150 different species of moth!

Yellow-tail Euproctis similis
Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis) – taken July 2011
Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata) – taken October 2012
Scarce Silver-lines Bena bicolorana
Scarce Silver-lines (Bena bicolorana) – taken July 2013

After buying different compact cameras over the years, it was in 2014 I purchased my first DSLR camera the Nikon D3200.

Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) – taken March 2014
Common Yellow Conch Agapeta hamana
Common Yellow Conch (Agapeta hamana) – taken July 2015
Riband Wave (Idaea aversata f. remutata)
Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) – taken July 2016

2016 was the year I upgraded my camera to the Nikon D7200 (which I still use to this day) , and in 2017 it was another year the moth mania got to me. It was a very bountiful year for moths.

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana) – taken September 2017

The thing with moths is that they can be seen all year round, even during the winter months where most other insects are hibernating.

Sycamore Piercer Pammene aurita
Sycamore Piercer (Pammene aurita) – taken June 2018
Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor
Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) -taken July 2019
Azalea Leaf Miner Caloptilia azaleella
Azalea Leaf Miner (Caloptilia azaleella) – taken May 2020
Common White Wave (Cabera pusaria) – taken July 2021

56 thoughts on “Over 250 Moths Over 16 Years

  1. What a marvellous series in this post, Pete. I’d forgotten just how many moths and other insects I’ve seen on your nature blog since I started following you.

    After a long walk today (my 3rd since surgery in August – and about 5 times the length I did about 6 days ago), I decided it was about time to start reading blogs and posting again. And of course, your wonderful macros were among the first I wanted to see.

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    1. I really appreciate that, Vicki. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very pleased you are feeling well enough to walk further and to start posting again. I hope you continue to regain your health. It is such a frustration when you cannot do the things you enjoy.

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  2. A terrific collection of photos in this post alone Peter, and an interesting write-up to accompany them. My personal interest in insects only started last year as a result of not being able to travel and, I have to say, that your website did inspire me and helped stimulate my awareness (as your ‘about’ intro). It’s effectively the end of my first full season, and I was surprised to see that during the past fifteen months or so I’ve photographed close on 500 species. That’s just insects and spiders, nothing more. As a winter project, I’m now going to build a second website just to record those species. It should be fun and will give me something new to concentrate on and, again, I thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Hi Tony, This is such a lovely comment, and I really appreciate that! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am pleased you have been inpired and have experienced and photgraphed so many species in such a short time! I would really apprecitae if you would send me a link to your new website when you have built it. I will look forward to seeing what you have photgraphed. I really enjoy your wildife website with the impressive collection of wonderful photos you have taken on your extensive travels. Best wishes Pete

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    2. PS: Tony, I can’t see a ‘contact’ on WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES? Also, have you considered creating a wordpress blog to further showcase and share your amazing photographs? The basic package is free and you can upload to 3GB of images.

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  3. Congratulations on capturing and identifying all those moths. I wouldn’t have the wherewithall to find all of them, let alone identify them.

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    1. Thank you, David ๐Ÿ™‚ Over the years I have built up a small collection of books on moths and all kinds of field guides on wildlife, etc. I also try to get my ids confirmed through local recorders where possible, after all, they are experts in their fields and I am just an amatuer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Quite an accomplishment, Peter. I hope your moth mania continues, as I love seeing your images. I didn’t realize that moths can be seen throughout the year!

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  5. Congratulations with your entire collection !
    As usual, also this time you show us wonderful pictures and a lot of additional info.
    Thanks and many greets,
    Rudi

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  6. Congratulations Pete! Your love and enthusiasm shines through your beautiful photos and text. Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll have many more new species to add over time!

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  7. Now this has been a feast for my eyes. You have showcased a wonderful variety of shapes and colours of moths. I have also learned that you paint and are a musician – small wonder you have such a fine eye for detail and the beauty that lies therein.

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    1. Many thanks, Ted. When I was going back through those years it made me think how fast they had really flown … almost like all those moths that flittered before me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Thatโ€™s a fabulous collection of moths, Pete. And amazing that after all that there are plenty more subjects available for you to pursue, if mothmania strikes again.

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  9. We have an extra number of moths this year because of a high amount of summer rains. They are so very beautiful! But my pride and joy has been seeing the White-lines Sphynx! If they have been around before, I have not seen them. I think they are amazing!
    …you have some beautiful moths here Peter!!

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  10. I remember several of these from your previous postings. The quality of your photos, combined with the interesting commentary you provide, helps to make these beauties memorable. I was one of those who used to think a moth is a moth is a moth — but not so, and your postings prove it!

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    1. Many thanks, Linda ๐Ÿ™‚ I have had times when my interest has waned and I have diverted my attention to other things, but I always appear to come back to them. A regular ‘Mothman’ I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. That’s a great moth menagerie, Pete. And just a small sampling too. All are beauties that I’d be very happy to see in my yard. I am not sure how many I’ve had here but I am sure it isn’t close to your number. Congrats!

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    1. Hi Paul. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, it can be like Christmas Day, always excited to see what might be there or around it, especially when you find a newbie, as you say ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. This post is giving me a whole new perspective on moths, Peter! What a magnificent collection of remarkable creatures. How amazing that you have seen and identified so many. I really enjoyed your narrative and am impressed by the way you have categorized them here by date.

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