We have resident in Britain many hundreds of  both Macro and Micro moths, and while some people think of moths as being "little brown jobs" of the insect world, in fact many are very attractive and brightly coloured. Below is a selection the shows the vast diversity of these insects.

 

 

Small Elephant Hawkmoth found by a friend near Biggleswade. This is rather uncommon compared to the larger Elephant Hawkmoth.

 

The Lime Hawkmoth is one of the most common of our Hawkmoths, occurring widely in much of lowland England and Wales. This family of moths include the largest moths that occur in Britain.

 

The Eyed Hawkmoth exposes it's underwing "eye" markings when disturbed.

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The a female Oak Eggar came to my moth trap several years ago, and a number of gees were laid in the trap. The above moth is one that I bred from from one of those eggs.

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Above the Rasberry Clearwing moth is a recent addition to Britain's moth list. Its larva feeds in the stems of Rasberries creating a swelling (gall) at the base of the raspberry cane.

Below a Six-belted Clearwing flying to a lure. This male moth came in some numbers to the pheromone lure in a 8 year old NR where Birdsfoot Trefoil is abundant.

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6 Spot Burnett moths mating. A very widespread species.

 

Transparent Burnet moths at rest on Orchid. This is one of the rarest species of Burnet moths in Britain.

  

Scorched Carpet moth.

 

The Red Underwing moth is well camouflaged until disturbed, then it may open up its forewings to reveal its red and black underwings.

 

Above a Black Arches moth I have only found when trapping in woods.

 

All pictures are Copyright of Richard Revels FRPS