Moths

Introduction

After birds, moths are perhaps the best recorded group, mainly due to the success of light traps providing a relatively easy way to discover the several hundred species that visit most gardens.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

See the Leicestershire Moth Recorders page

Other Useful Websites and Publications

internet books
UK Moths - the best and most comprehensive photographic identification guide to all British moths. Has a useful search function with thumbnail views as an option. Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - fantastic book with brilliant life-like illustrations and showing the range of colours and patterns. Does not cover micro-moths. The Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland is a spiral-bound edition with the same illustrations as the above, but with reduced descriptive text. Useful to take into the field but get the full version if you only get one.
British Lepidoptera - Excellent photographic ID site with family level guides. Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland (companion to the above). Excellent!
Jeff Higgott's UK Lepidoptera is an excellent photographic id site, covering all moths and butterflies British Moths and Butterflies: A Photographic Guide - excellent photographs and also covers many micro-moths too.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know: info@naturespot.co.uk

Recording Schemes

There is a very active moth recorders network in Leicestershire and Rutland, coordinated by Adrian Russell, the County Recorder. Over half a million records have so far been collated for the two counties.

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.

Identification

Moths are one of the very few invertebrate groups where nearly all species are identified by visually matching the specimen to a field guide, without using keys. There are as few species, particularly amongst the micro-moths, where dissection is necessary to confirm a species. With patience and determination, it is possible for beginners to identify most moths using the field guides mentioned above, with experts on hand to help with any difficulties when a photo can be emailed.