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Moths of Aston Lodge Park

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet on Grassy Patch
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet on Grassy Patch

"Moths; they are dirty brown things that eat your clothes, aren't they?" That is a response I often hear but, did you know that there are over 2500 different moths in the UK and over 1400 species in Staffordshire? Of those, only a handful eat your clothes, or rather, their larvae do – though that is decreasing with more artificial fibres being used.

As for being dirty brown, yes, a lot are, but far more are incredibly coloured or patterned and outshine many of our butterflies.

Moths are important pollinators and many provide food for growing bird chicks and for bats. Without moths, we would be in trouble. They are useful indicators of the state of the environment. Many species are increasing their range and spreading north as the climate warms, but the overall numbers of individuals are falling. How often do you see them in your headlights these days?

To date, we have recorded 473 moth species in our Leacroft garden, using a special light trap to attract them (they are released after counting), compared to just 20 butterflies. There is no reason why your garden should not be host to over 300 species!

So, check lighted windows at night, or the wall beneath an outside security light in the early morning. Check the flowers that attracted butterflies during the day – they may attract moths at night. Also, a number of moths only fly by day, so look out for Burnets, say, on thistles on the Grassy Patch and of course, Hummingbird Hawk-moths on flowers like Agapanthus, Honeysuckle and Nicotiana in your garden.

Some Moths Found in Dave & Sue's Garden

Below is a gallery of some of the more spectacular species recorded in our garden. Enjoy!

Angle Shades
Angle Shades
Beautiful China-mark
Beautiful China-mark
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Golden Y
Black Arches
Black Arches
Blood-vein
Blood-vein
Brimstone Moth
Brimstone Moth
Buff Arches
Buff Arches
Buff-tip
Buff-tip
Burnished Brass
Burnished Brass
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Chinese Character
Chinese Character
Chocolate-tip
Chocolate-tip
Common Emerald
Common Emerald
December Moth
December Moth
Early Grey
Early Grey
Elephant Hawk-moth
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Figure of Eight
Figure of Eight
Garden Tiger
Garden Tiger
Gold Spot
Gold Spot
Green Silver-lines
Green Silver-lines
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth
Lunar Hornet Moth
Lunar Hornet Moth
Magpie
Magpie
Many-plumed Moth
Many-plumed Moth
Merveille du Jour
Merveille du Jour
Pale Prominent
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Peach Blossom
Peppered Moth
Peppered Moth
Pink-barred Sallow
Pink-barred Sallow
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Scarce Silver-lines
Scarce Silver-lines
Small Magpie
Small Magpie
Swallow-tailed Moth
Swallow-tailed Moth
The Herald
The Herald
The Miller
The Miller
Waved Umber
Waved Umber
Yellow Shell
Yellow Shell

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