73.032 Nut-tree Tussock Copyright Martin Evans
 73.032 Nut-tree Tussock Copyright Martin Evans
 73.032 Nut-tree Tussock larva 2.5mm Copyright Martin Evans
 73.032 Nut-tree Tussock larva 23mm Copyright Martin Evans  73.032 Nut-tree Tussock Copyright Martin Evans

Welcome to British and Irish Moths

Over the last fifteen years Roger Edmondson and I have travelled extensively to search out the resident macro-moths. The original idea was a book on all day-flying moths, but the number was so large (around 900 macro and micro-moths when including those easily disturbed in the day) that we decided on a book that included all of the resident larger species. This eventually led to adding the micro-moths as we came across them.

As the project has taken longer than expected, we decided that we no longer wished to produce a book and have the hassle of dealing with printers, publishers and booksellers. A free website would allow more recorders to have access to the information and this could be updated.

The idea was to produce a website that we would like to use. It needed to have everything necessary to identify species in the field where that is possible.

We aimed for good quality pictures, comparisons, habitats, habits, foodplants, distribution maps and phenology for each species.

Our intention is to continue updating the site.

It is important that you read the Introduction. The Distribution Maps and the Phenology Tables may not make sense without doing so.


Martin Evans


I would like to thank my partner Carolyn Lamb who researched some of the rarer species and shared the last 15 years of holidays at potential moth sites (although they were scenic).


A special thanks goes to Roger Edmondson. Without him this site would have been impossible as he researched most of the species for potential trapping sites, obtained and reared specimens and liased with wardens and landowners. He also did too much camping, driving and putting up with me.


There are also a large number of other people who have helped us with obtaining specimens for photographs. They can be found here: Acknowledgements



Please remember to send your records to your County Moth Recorder