Having posted a photograph for each butterfly species I have seen here, I felt it would be good to post a few of my moth pictures. Now, I am all but a total novice when it comes to moths. I can tell a couple of our day-flying ones, but that is about all. I would love to begin to learn a bit more and have attempted identifications where possible, but would be delighted to hear from you if you can correct any errors.
The photos in this post are, I'm afraid, in no particular order, but they help me to see something of the huge variety of moths.
|Drinker moth (Euthrix potatoria, aka Philudoria potatoria), 25 July 2015, Wicken Fen|
|Gold Swift, Phymatopus hecta 14 July 2010, Badenoch, Scotland|
|Yellow Shell , 23 June 2014, Mull (near Ulva ferry), Scotland|
|Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata), 30 Aug 2016, home patch|
|Blood Vein (Timandra comae) or ?Small Blood-vein, 10 Sept. 2017, Sutton Hoo|
|Red Underwing (Catocala nupta), 10 August 2016, Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk|
|Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura), 20 Aug 2015, home|
|?Micromoth... to be identified, 2017, home patch|
|?Carpet moth, 2015, Grimshoe Mound, Grimes Graves|
|6-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)|
... above and below. We have watched these emerging once on the Summer Isles and once at Carlton Marshes in Suffolk.
|Cinnabar moth, 5 June 2016, Snape|
|??Vestal moth, 20 June 2016, Whithorn, Scotland|
|Silver Y, June 2016, Dunwich Heath|
|Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata) , 15 June 2016, Lake District|
|Unidentified - home, window|
|Buff-Ermine, moth, (Spilosoma lutea), home, 16 Aug 2015|
|Swallowtail-moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria), 30 June 2015, home|
|Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis), 2015, home patch|
|Common Quaker moth, (Orthosia cerasi) 28 March 2011, Dinefwr, Wales|
|Mint moth (Pyrausta purpuralis), 1 August 2014, Avebury|
|Mint moth, Flatford RSPB garden|
|?Fairy longhorn moth (Adela reaumurella), Home patch, 2015|
|Green Longhorn Moth|
The insect below, seen at WWT Welney, is NOT a moth. It is, however, a longhorn beetle...
|NOT A MOTH! This longhorn beetle is Aromia moschata or Musk Beetle|
|Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 24 Aug 2015, Suffolk|
And finally, a couple of photos of the Hummingbird Hawk-Moths I saw in 2010 in the Peloponnese in Greece...
|(Macroglossum stellatarum) Pylos area, Peloponnese, 2010|
|(Macroglossum stellatarum) Koroni, Peloponnese, Greece, 2010|
P.S. Having posted about the butterfly books I have read this summer, it makes sense to mention that I am currently reading A Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy, which is reviewed here. I was perhaps expecting more about moths but I haven't finished the book yet so cannot give an overall impression. I love the 'joyful' concept that filters through the pages. There is also a good section on the colour blue (my favourite) and its place in the natural world...