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.
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.