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|
|Large Emerald||Geometra papilionaria||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|
|Large Yellow Underwing||Noctua pronuba||Resident|
|True Lover's Knot||Lycophotia porphyrea||Resident|
|Varied Coronet||Hadena compta||Resident|
|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|
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.