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Around 1940 species of moth have been recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Of these some 1820 are resident and 120 are migrants. Of the 1940 total species 750 are large macro moths (of which 650 are resident) and the remaining 1190 (of which 1170 are resident) are the smaller micro moths.

If you need help in identifying a moth click here.

If you are just seeking confirmation or more information on a species look in the table below. A small selection of the macro moths that can be found in our area are briefly described on the following pages. Unless stated otherwise they can be readily attracted to light.

Common Name Scientific Name Status in Hants & IoW
Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina Resident
Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis Resident
Lappet Gastropacha quercifolia Resident
Large Emerald Geometra papilionaria Resident
Blood-vein Timandra comae Resident
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata Resident
Orange moth Angerona prunaria Resident
Mottled Beauty Aclis rependata Resident
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi Resident
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum Resident/Immigrant
Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis Resident
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae Resident
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba Resident
True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea Resident
Varied Coronet Hadena compta Resident
White-point Mythimna albipuncta Resident/Immigrant
Striped Lychnis Shargacucullia lychnitis Resident
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae Resident
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata Resident
Silver Y Autographa gamma Immigrant
Mother Shipton Callistege mi Resident
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix Resident

Further details of these moths and others that have been recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can be found on the HantsMoths website.

For methods of attracting moths please go to the National Moth night website.