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Difficult Moths


Some moths are extremely difficult to identify in the field and others can only be identified by dissection, especially micro moths. The following table provides help with identifying some of these difficult moths, but if you're still unsure of an id then one of our moth experts will be happy to help.

Chestnuts
Chestnut
Dark Chestnut
Click here to view the "Identification Guide to the Chestnuts" (151Kb PDF file)
Copper Underwings Copper Underwing
Svensson's Copper Underwing
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)
Daggers Dark Dagger
Grey Dagger
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)
Ear Moths Ear Moth
Crinan Ear
Saltern Ear
Large Ear
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)
Minors Marbled Minor
Rufous Minor
Tawny Marbled Minor
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)
November &
Autumnal moths
November Moth
Pale November
Autumnal moth
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)
Pyraustas P. aurata
P. purpuralis
P. ostrinalis
P. despicata
P. nigrata
Click here for help identifying Pyraustas (98Kb PDF file)
Rustics Common Rustic
Lesser Common Rustic
Remm's Rustic
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)
Twin-spot Carpets Red Twin-spot Carpet
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Click here to view "Recording difficult macro moths" (42Kb PDF file)

Note: The "Recording difficult macro moths" file listed in the table above was updated in January 2010 and now includes a useful table of tips on where to look for tricky species in the moth ID guides.