Moths and butterflies make up the insect order of Lepidoptera. Although butterflies tend to be active during the day and moths at night, this is by no means a general rule, and some moths are as large as most butterflies. One reliable difference between the two groups is that butterflies have thin antennae and (with a few exceptions) have small balls or clubs at the end of their antennae. Moth antennae are usually feathery with no ball on the end.

Many moths are small, and those with wingspans of less than 20mm are often called 'micro' moths to distinguish them from their larger 'macro' bretheren.

If you would like to see what they look like, go to the website of the National Biodiversity Network and type the Binomial name of the species into the 'Search for Taxa' box. Or simply use Google search.

Logging species is an important aspect of our work in Ely Wildspace. If you would like to find out more please visit our page on Biological Recording

Binomial name Common name
Macro moths  
Acronicta aceris Sycamore
Acronicta leporina Miller
Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey
Acronicta psi Grey Dagger
Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart
Alcis repandata repandata Mottled Beauty
Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches
Autographa gamma Silver Y
Axylia putris Flame
Biston betularia Peppered Moth
Camptogramma bilineata bilineata Yellow Shell
Cidaria fulvata Barred Yellow
Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak
Cryphia muralis muralis Marbled Beauty
Cybosia mesomella Four-dotted Footman
Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawkmoth
Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawkmoth
Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass
Eilema complana Scarce Footman
Eilema lurideola Common Footman
Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug
Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail
Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches
Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald
Hepialus humuli humuli Ghost Moth
Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain
Hoplodrina blanda Rustic
Hypena proboscidalis Snout
Idaea aversata Riband Wave
Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave
Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye
Laothoe populi Poplar Hawkmoth
Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip
Leucoma salicis White Satin Moth
Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border
Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver
Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth
Mythimna ferrago Clay
Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing
Nudaria mundana Muslin Footman
Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder
Oligia sp. Marbled Minor agg
Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth
Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth
Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug
Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty
Phalera bucephala Buff-tip
Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent
Plemyria rubiginata rubiginata Blue-bordered Carpet
Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent
Rivula sericealis Straw Dot
Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawkmoth
Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine
Tethea ocularis octogesimea Figure of Eighty
Thyatira batis Peach Blossom
Timandra comae Blood-vein
Tyria jacobaeae Cinnabar
Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet
Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot
Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fanfoot
Zygaena filipendulae Six-spot Burnet
Micro moths  
Agapeta hamana Hook-marked Straw Moth
Anania hortulata Small Magpie
Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
Calamotropha paduella Bulrush Veneer
Celypha lacunana Common Marble
Celypha striana Barred Marble
Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer
Cnephasia sp. Shade sp.
Coleophora discordella Lotus Case-bearer
Crambus pascuella Grass-veneer
Crassa unitella Golden-brown Tubic
Cydia pomonella Codling Moth
Elophilia nymphaeata Brown China-mark
Notocelia uddmanniana Bramble Shoot Moth
Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Scoparia sp. Grey sp.


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