Azalea Leaf Miner

Caloptilia azaleella – This is a tiny moth which loves my garage light. There were a few hanging around it, mesmerised by its glow. It is a naturalised adventive species which is steadily spreading northwards, and was probably introduced with azalea and rhodedendron plants. It is around 5mm (1/4in) long, and I could barely see… Read More Azalea Leaf Miner

Codling Moth

Cydia pomonella – Although the caterpillar of this small moth can be quite a pest to fruit trees, the adult has quite some fine detail over all, and a lovely coppery finish to the bottom end of the forewings. Double-click for a closer look. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 29th June 2019Place: Attracted… Read More Codling Moth

Willow Ermine

Yponomeuta rorrella – These small moths can be a fair challenge to photograph because of their pale and reflective scales, so best done out of direct sunlight with the exposure turned down a couple of clicks. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 18th July 2019Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire

Diamond-back Moth

Plutella xylostella – A very common micro-moth with a fairly distinct diamond pattern on its … well – its back. Double-click on images to get closer. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 6th July 2019Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire

Wainscot Smudge

Ypsolopha scabrella – Quite an extraordinary looking little moth with distinctive raised tufts which can be seen when the moth is at rest. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 20th July 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Garden Rose Tortrix

Acleris variegana – An extremely variable micro-moth species in patterning and colouration. A melanic form also occurs. Like other similar species of Tortrix, it mimics bird-droppings to evade predation. The larvae feed on the leaves of a variety of trees and shrubs, including roses, brambles, hawthorns, cherries and apples. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon… Read More Garden Rose Tortrix

Ash-bark Knot-horn

Euzophera pinguis – Quite an unmistakable micro-moth with distinctive zig-zag markings. The larvae feed under the living bark of ash, which if becoming infested may kill the tree. This is a localised species in England. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 20th July 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire… Read More Ash-bark Knot-horn

Common Plume

Emmelina monodactyla – An odd-looking moth which often rests with its wings rolled tightly up. It is quite a weak flier, and will only travel a short distance before settling down again. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 8th July 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Honeysuckle Moth

Ypsolopha dentella – If you grow honeysuckle in your garden the chances are you may have some of these. This is a chestnut-brown and cream to whitish patterned micro-moth with distinctive upturned wingtips. It has a forewing length of around 11mm ( almost half an inch). Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken:… Read More Honeysuckle Moth

Mint Moth

Pyrausta aurata – Also called the Small Purple & Gold, this moth has always been a regular visitor to my garden, yet I have always grown mint, so that is not really very surprising. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 20th July 2017 Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire  

Skin Moth

Monopis laevigella  – A tiny micro-moth with a forewing length of between 5-10mm (1/4-3/8in). The wings have a purple sheen peppered with pale scales and a pale blotch just off centre on the forewing. The larvae feed on animal foodstuffs like bird’s nests, owl pellets and dead animal carcasses. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon… Read More Skin Moth

Green Long-horn

Adela reaumurella – This is the male with his extraordinary long white antennae, which are three times the length of the forewing. The adult flies in May and June, and in the daytime, where they may swarm. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D3200 Date taken: 4th May 2015 Place: Local wood, Staffordshire  

Common Marble

Celypha lacunana – This variable moth has a forewing length of up to 8.5mm (3/8in), and is a common species which can be numerous visiting moth traps. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 15th July 2019 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Small Grey

Eudonia mercurella – This small moth comes from a challenging group of moths to accurately identify. With a forewing length of up to 9mm (0.4in), this moth can be quite variable, but can usually be identified by its white cross-lines and markings. The adults fly from June to September, and are attracted to light. They… Read More Small Grey

Red-barred Tortrix

Ditula angustiorana – This is quite a small species of Tortrix moth, and I believe this to be the male which is darker than the female, and is a little smaller. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 15th July 2019 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Bee Moth

  Aphomia sociella – The females (see below) are usually larger than the males, and the species is sexually dimorphic with the male being paler than the browner female. Although there may be some character variations in this moth, the males have creamy whitish coloured forewings, head and thorax. The forewing has small elongated dark… Read More Bee Moth

Longhorn Moth

Nemophora degeerella – This moth has a striking metallic bronze ground colour with distinctive markings intersecting the forewing. The males have very long antennae, usually about four times the length of the forewing. I believe the images featured here show a female. The larvae feed on dead leaves, often amongst Bluebells, living within a portable… Read More Longhorn Moth

Diamond-back Moth

Plutella xylostella – This small micro moth has been quite a regular visitor to the garden over the years. As can be seen, it has quite a distinctive pattern. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 15th July 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire

Common Grass-veneer

Agriphila tristella – A sandy coloured grass-veneer with a pale longitudinal stripe which branches into ‘fingers’ towards the wing tip. Forewing length 12-14mm. Attracted to light, and often disturbed from grass and low vegetation during the day. The adult flies June to September, and is found in grassland habitats. Common and widespread. The larvae feed… Read More Common Grass-veneer

Twenty-plume Moth

Alucita hexadactyla – I often see this curious little moth flying early dusk around my Honeysuckle. The Twenty-plume Moth belongs to a family of micro-moths called Alucitidae, of which there is only one British species. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 8th July 2017Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire Want to learn… Read More Twenty-plume Moth

White Plume Moth

Pterophorus pentadactyla – A very unusual and most distinctive white feathery-winged moth and one of the largest of the plume moths. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Date taken: 4th July 2011 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Common Yellow Conch

Agapeta hamana – This is one of my favourite Tortrix moths. It has a pale, creamy- yellow ground colour with distinct dark brown markings. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D3200 Date taken: 11th July 2015 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire