Moths are observed mainly in our moth traps. Among those several species that are extinct in Britain, but regularly in our traps:
Lewes Wave Scopula immorata, Isle of Wight Wave Idaea humiliata, Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrammata, Spotted Sulphur Emmelia trabealis and Lesser Belle Colobochyla salicalis
Others like Scarce Hook-tip Sabra harpagula, Bright Wave Idaea ochrata, Silky Wave I. dilutaria, Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens, White Spot Hadena albimacula, Silurian Eriopygodes imbecilla, Scarce Blackneck Lygephila craccae, Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa and Silver Barred Deltote bankiana are scarce species in Britain.
The following species are rare Brittish immigrants: Jersey Mocha Cyclophora ruficiliaria, Three-humped Prominent Notodonta tritophus, Black V Moth Arctornis l-nigrum, Scarce Black Arches Nola aerugula, Tree-lichen Beauty Cryphia algae, Orache Moth Trachea atriplicis, Purple Cloud Actinotia polyodon, Pretty Marbled Deltote deceptoria, Dewick’s Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa, Alchymist Catephia alchymista and Jubilee Fan-foot Zanglognatha lunalis
From a viewpoint of English mothers, these are local specialties: Odonestis pruni, the tigers Rhyparia purpurata and Watsonarctia casta, the emperors Saturnia pyri and Aglais tau, the Geometer Rhodostrophia vibicaria, the Oak Hawk-moth Marumba quercus and Willowherb Hawk-moth Proserpinus proserpina, the prominent Spatalia argentina, the yellow underwing Catacola fulminea and the beautiful noctuids Cumberland Gem Eucarta amethystina and Silvery Gem E. virgo
Other species include Ochraceous Wave, Idaea serpentata and Guernsey Underwing Polyphaenis sericata.
Among the micros: Bisigna procerella, Hypercallia citrinalis, Cynaeda dentalis, Diasemia reticularis, Agrotera nemoralis and Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla.
Most of the moth in the galery have been photographed by Dave Green (Dorset Butterfly Conservation Branch), some by Bernard Fransen and the Oak Hawkmoth by Ruben Smith.