Order Lepidoptera – 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 in 67 families recorded here in the British Isles.

Species are shown in their families and in checklist order. There are two checklist numbers referenced. The European number (Euro-number) after Karsholt & Razowski (1996), and the British number (Log Book) after Bradley & Fletcher (1979) which is indicated here in brackets on the individual species pages.


Hepialidae
Swift Moths
Incurvariidae
Leaf-cutter Moths
Skin Moth Monopis laevigella
Tineidae
Clothes Moths
Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella
Ypsolophidae
Ypsolophid Moths
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthiidae
Shiny Head-Standing Moths
Oecophoridae
Tubic Moths
Gelechiidae
Gelechiid Moths
Blastobasidae
Dowd Moths
Choreutidae
Metalmarks
Zygaenidae
Burnet & Forester Moths
The Drinker Euthrix potatoria
Lasiocampidae
Eggar & Lappet Moths
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
Geometridae
Geometrids
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra
Noctuidae
Noctuids
Nepticulidae
Pygmy Moths
Tischeriidae
Tischeriid Moths
Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella
Gracillariidae
Gracillariid Moths
Plutellidae
Diamond-back Moths
Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella
Lyonetiidae
Lyonetiid Moths
March Tubic Diurnea fagella male
Chimabachidae
Chimabachid Moths
Coleophoridae
Case-bearer Moths
Alucitidae
Many-plume Moths
Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana
Tortricidae
Tortrix Moths
Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis
Pyralidae
Pyralid Moths
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides
Drepanidae
Hook-tips & Lutestrings
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala
Notodontidae
Prominents & Allies
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana
Nolidae
Small Arches & Silverlines
Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella)
Adelidae
Longhorns
Common Bagworm Psyche casta larva
Psychidae
Bagworms
Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeutidae
Ermine Moths
Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella
Glyphipterigidae
Sedge Moths
Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta
Autostichidae
Autostichid Moths
Carcina quercana
Peleopodidae
Peleopodid Moths
Momphidae
Mompha Moths
Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla
Pterophoridae
Plume Moths
Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina
Cossidae
Leopard & Goat Moths
Pyrausta aurata
Crambidae
Crambid Moths
Sphingidae
Hawk-moths
Black Arches Lymantria monacha male
Erebidae
Erebid Moths

Caterpillars

I have always had an interest and a fascination for moths since a young boy, especially as my older brother also had an interest in them, and we used to have ‘mothing’ nights during the summertime. All species here were discovered and photographed locally in South Staffordshire, most of them in my small back garden.


2 thoughts on “Order Lepidoptera – 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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    1. That is such a lovely and encouraging comment, Judith, thank you very much! 🙂 They are such a diverse order of insects, and I have always been fascinated by them from a very young age.

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