Order Lepidoptera: The Moths


Moths, along with butterflies, form an insect order called Lepidoptera. There are around 160,00 species of moth worldwide, and there are over 2,500 species recorded here in the British Isles, so there are still plenty to discover. Below you will find an example of some of the various forms these marvellous moths can take.

The gallery is ordered into moth species families, starting with the micro-moths and ending with the macro-moths. Please click on images to begin your journey, and keep on a clicking until you get to species level. Note that I have further divided the families into their subfamilies where appropriate.

There are 2 checklist numbers referenced. The European number (Euro-number) after Karsholt & Razowski (1996), and the British number (Log Book) after Bradley & Fletcher (1979).

Wing dimensions tend to be referenced here in how the moth is found at rest and may be seen in the field. Wingspan for those which tend to rest with wings open, and forewing (FW) for those that rest with their wings closed.


The Micro-moths


Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella)
Adelidae
Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella
Ypsolophidae
Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella
Lyonetiidae
Carcina quercana
Peleopodidae
Alucitidae
Pyrausta aurata
Crambidae
Skin Moth Monopis laevigella
Tineidae
Plutellidae
Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta
Autostichidae
Gelechiidae
Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla
Pterophoridae
Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella
Gracillariidae
Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella
Glyphipterigidae
Oecophoridae
Coleophoridae
Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
Tortricidae
Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeutidae
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthiidae
March Tubic Diurnea fagella male
Chimabachidae
Blastobasidae
Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis
Pyralidae

The Macro-moths


Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina
Hepialidae
The Drinker Euthrix potatoria
Lasiocampidae
Black Arches Lymantria monacha male
Erebidae
Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina
Cossidae
Sphingidae
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra
Noctuidae
Zygaenidae
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
Geometridae
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana
Nolidae
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides
Drepanidae
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala
Notodontidae

I have always had an interest and a fascination for moths since a young boy. Most of the species found here were observed in the county of Staffordshire, England, where I live, whilst others are from around various locations in the UK. However a majority of the photographs featured here were taken in my front and rear gardens. They are only small gardens, but thankfully attract a lot of wildlife.

This is simply a hobbyist site, and is not authoritative in any way. If using this site as a reference guide always cross reference with other works. Please also be aware that some moths cannot be identified by photographs alone. For those genitalia dissection and microscopic examination is required, which is not my thing as I do not like to harm the individuals I come across. In these instances the image is for reference, and is made mention of where applicable.


2 thoughts on “Order Lepidoptera: The Moths

  1. I’ve enjoyed your regular moth posts for some time but have never ventured through to this index page before. Seen together, the representatives of each family beautifully illustrate the wonderful variety of moths. You’ve made me look closer at the moths I encounter around the garden and beyond and although I’m unlikely to identify many I can now see the fascination. Thank you!

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