Introduction to Moths - Herts & Middx Butterfly Conservation

The Moth Pages - an introduction


Although called Butterfly Conservation, the society also has an interest in the conservation of moths and their habitats. After all, moths and butterflies together form the order Lepidoptera, the divisions of which are artificially imposed.

Most branches have a moth officer whose remit is to help members take an interest in moths and our field trip programme usually includes several moth related events. The moth officer for the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Branch is John Murray , assisted by Andrew Wood They are able to act as a point of contact between members and the county moth recorder. For Hertfordshire and Middlesex the county recorder is Colin Plant

Moths come in an amazing variety of sizes and colours, and different species can be found flying throughout the year including during the winter months. Here are just a small selection of the variety of species that can be encountered in our branch area.

70.252 BF1931 Peppered moth
Biston betularia
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
73.058 BF2221 The Mullein larva
Cucullia verbasci
© photo: Andrew Wood
52.011 BF379 Red-belted Clearwing
Synanthedon myopaeformis
© photo: Ian Small
66.007 BF1637 Oak Eggar (male)
Lasiocampa quercus
© photo: John Murray

70.155 BF1823 Netted Pug
Eupithecia venosata
© photo: Trevor Chapman
70.276 BF1954 Bordered White
Bupalus piniaria
© photo: Liz Goodyear
71.021 BF2008 Coxcomb Prominent
Ptilodon capucina
© photo: Liz Goodyear
71.020 BF2011 Pale Prominent
Pterostoma palpina
© photo: Liz Goodyear

72.010 BF2033 Black Arches
Lymantria monacha
© photo: Liz Goodyear
71.027 BF2019 Chocolate-tip
Clostera curtula
© photo: Liz Goodyear
73.224 BF2247 Merveille du Jour
Griposia aprilina
© photo: Liz Goodyear
71.025 BF1994 Buff-tip
Phalera bucephala
© photo: Liz Goodyear

69.007 BF1978 Pine Hawk-moth
Sphinx pinastri
© photo: Liz Goodyear
71.017 BF2007 Swallow Prominent
Pheosia tremula
© photo: Liz Goodyear
770.243 BF1922 Swallow-tailed Moth
Ourapteryx sambucaria
© photo: Liz Goodyear

71.003 BF1995 Puss Moth
Cerura vinula
© photo: Liz Goodyear
69.003 BF1981 Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi
© photo: Liz Goodyear
74.008 BF2422 Green Silver-lines
Pseudoips prasinana
© photo: Liz Goodyear

In 2000 the Herts & Middx Moth Group was formed and in 2008 the Moths of Hertfordshire was published. This book provides detailed information on the distribution of Hertfordshire's moths. Previous to that in 1993, Colin Plant had written the Larger Moths of the London Area. This book provided detailed information on the status and distribution of the macrolepidoptera within the Greater London Area. Covering an area of 20 miles radius from St. Paul's Cathedral, this book therefore included the whole of Middlesex and the south of Hertfordshire.

All this information with up to date detailed distribution maps including the status of all moths in the area is now available to read online on the Herts & Middx Moth Group website

The Herts Moth Group welcomes enquiries from branch members and provides regular moth events throughout the seasons where members of the public are welcome


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