How to identify British Moths

Sean Foote is a marvel. Over on Twitter he responds to tagged tweets from people who have photographed a UK moth or two and would like to know what species of moth they have. I’ve used his services on numerous occasions often to confirm an identification, but more often when I simply didn’t have a clue as a relative n00B moth-er. It’s an entirely free service although users can “buy him a coffee” here as a mark of appreciation.

He keeps records, as you would, and publishes details of the most requested identifications, he’s also got a nice Top 100 with tips on how to identify some of the more ambiguous Lepidoptera. I’ve compiled a list of the Top 40 here. Don’t forget to leave a tip for him if you find them useful.

    1. Square-spot Rustic. 393 queries
    2. Common Rustic agg. 292 queries
    3. Uncertain/Rustic. 279 queries
    4. Large Yellow Underwing. 270 queries
    5. Double-striped Pug. 258 queries.
    6. Common Pug. 254 queries
    7. Marbled Minor agg. 251 queries
    8. Willow Beauty. 247 queries
    9. Common Marbled Carpet. 213 queries
    10. Flounced Rustic. 185 queries
    11. Bee Moth. 180 queries
    12. Dark Arches. 178 queries
    13. Turnip. 168 queries
    14. Chrysoteuchia culmella. 167 queries
    15. Light Brown Apple Moth. 166 queries
    16. Mottled Rustic. 157 queries
    17. Celypha lacunana. 154 queries
    18. Riband Wave. 150 queries
    19. Eudonia lacustrata. 149 queries
    20. Clouded Drab. 148 queries
    21. Vine’s Rustic. 147 queries
    22. Small Dusty Wave. 136 queries
    23. Cnephasia sp. 134 queries
    24. Rustic Shoulder-knot. 132 queries
    25. Pale Mottled Willow. 127 queries
    26. Smoky Wainscot. 124 queries
    27. Clay. 124 queries
    28. Lesser Yellow Underwing. 120 queries
    29. Ingrailed Clay. 119 queries
    30. Common Plume. 113 queries
    31. Yellow Shell. 107 queries
    32. Shuttle-shaped Dart. 106 queries
    33. November Moth sp. 105 queries
    34. Common Quaker. 103 queries
    35. Cabbage Moth. 102 queries
    36. Dusky Brocade. 98 queries
    37. Brindled Pug. 98 queries
    38. Scoparia ambigualis. 96 queries
    39. The Nutmeg. 95 queries
    40. Cloaked Minor. 94 queries

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