About the Kent Moths Gallery

This blog is intended as a gallery of photos for all moths found in the county of Kent. Please send through your quality images (and links to your websites) of moth species caught yesterday or yesteryear in order that this can become a complete archive of Kent's moth fauna.

Many thanks,
Tony Morris (Admin) & Ross Newham (Admin) kentmothsgallery@gmail.com

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Paddock Wood, 15th August 2009

Currant Pug - quite similar to Wormwood Pug (and some others!) but I'm happy that's what it is.
Rhopobota naevana - or by it's English name Holly Tortrix.

Rhyacionia pinicolana - usually associated with pine woods and fairly well distributed over much of England.
All taken at light in Paddock Wood on 15th August 2009

Monday, 24 August 2009

Cypress Pug, Knockholt

Trapped last night (23rd August 2009) in my garden trap. See Marcus' post about them here.

Saturday, 22 August 2009


Found in my Knockholt office this evening. An immigrant or recent southern colonist. A good record for my inland West Kent garden.

Biddenden Moths

Shark - 17 July 2008

Pine Carpet - 16 September 2008

Olive - 23 July 2008

Double Kidney - 25 July 2008


Black Arches - 25 July 2008

More moth pics from Steve Broyd in Biddenden.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

House Moths

The first, third and fourth photos were taken of moths which were in the house on the evening of the 19th August 2009 and are Square Spot Rustic, Small Dusty Wave and the micro Brown House Moth respectively. The second photo is also of a Square Spot Rustic and highlights the variability in this (and many other!) moths. It was taken at light in the garden (Paddock Wood) on the 15th August.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Small Square-spot

Trapped in my garden last night, not to be confused with Fen Square-spot, there hasn't been a record of one of them in Kent since 1958!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Knockholt 16th August

Mouse Moth

Orange Swift

Flame Shoulder and Square-spot Rustic

Maiden's Blush

A few from my MV Skinner trap last night.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Paddock Wood - 15th August 2009

Treble Bar on top and Lesser Treble-bar underneath (probably!)
Straw Underwing - A relatively widespread and locally common species in England, shame it wouldn't pose to show it's hindwing.

Rosy Footman - like some of my ex-girlfriends, pretty but common!

Old Lady - a big old brute (55-65mm) found sheltering near the shed.

Grey Pine Carpet - common but quite variable.

Dusky Thorn - one of the more subtley coloured thorns.

Common Wainscot - I love the "texture" of this widely distributed moth.

Bulrush Wainscot - From UKMoths "Relatively common in suitable habitat throughout much of the British Isles, this is a large distinctive species, with a wingspan of up to 54mm. Flying from July to September, it occupies a range of damp or marshy habitats, but is sometimes found wandering away from these areas." This is a female and was a rather fortuitous catch as it was actually sitting in my net which I had left out overnight and keep to hand when emptying the trap.

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla - This moth is distributed widely over much of Britain and Ireland, and, since the 1990s, has become much more frequent, including in gardens (per UKMoths).

Pyrausta aurata - locally common in England and can be seen flying in the daytime.
As always please feel free to correct any mis-identifications.


Caught at Sissinghurst last night - 15 August 2009. Thanks to Steve Broyd.

A few from Knockholt, 15 August

Vine's Rustic (confirmation please?)

female dark form Orange Swift

Lesser Swallow Prominent

All trapped last night (15th August 2009) in my Knockholt garden. 35 moths of 12 Species was a poor return, but clear skies weren't ideal conditions. Can someone confirm the top moth is a Vine's Rustic, my initial thought was Garden Dart.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

More Biddenden Moths



Oak Lutestring


Four-spotted Footman

Clancy's Rustic

I can't thank Steve Broyd enough for his eruption of moth photos onto this blog, from his garden.

Oak Lutestring 13 September 2007
Clancy's Rustic 1 October 2007
Four-spotted Footman - 23 September 2007
Vestal - 7 September 2007
Mallow - 12 October 2007
Sprawler - 3 November 2007

Ni Moth - Trichoplusia ni

A Migrant, common in southern Europe.

Ni Moth (Trichoplusia ni), 13/8/09, St Margarets, Tony Morris

Ni Moth. 3/8/06, Dungeness, Dave Walker

Riband Wave

f. remutata

I caught 2 Riband Wave in my Knockholt garden moth trap on 13th August 2009, one of which was of the sub-species f. remutata, allowing a nice comparison of the two.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Paddock Wood - 8th August

Scallop Shell - not recorded that frequently in Kent and a nice easy moth to id! UKMoths says this about it "prefers open woodland with an undergrowth of bilberry, and marshy areas, and flies in a single generation from June to July. It occurs locally over a large part of the British Isles as far north as southern Scotland."

Pale Mottled Willow - quite common but took me some time to work out what it was. The black spots on the leading edge of the forewing and white spots around the kidney mark were good pointers which I chose to overlook for far too long!!

Hoary Footman - another odd one to get so far west into Kent (assuming I've id'd it correctly and it isn't Scarce Footman). From UKMoths "Paler and greyer than similarly patterned 'footmen', the range of this moth is more or less restricted to the south-west coasts of England and Wales, although occasional specimens do turn up further east along the coast, and sometimes inland."

Cypress Pug - it's late and I'm being lazy so from UKMoths (again!) "A relatively recent arrival in Britain, being first recorded in Cornwall in 1959. Since then it has spread along the south coast and northwards to the south Midlands."
All taken at light on August 8th 2009.

More Moths from Biddenden

White Satin Moth - 14 July 2009

Scalloped Hook-tip - 13th May 2008

Privet Hawk-moth - 5 June 2009

More Moths from Steve Broyd, Biddenden