Butterflies are without a doubt the most popular insects and hold a special place in the hearts of people. Their flamboyant nature makes them one of the most eye-catching insects to everyone who sees them. Moths on the other hand are more understated and secretive mainly revealing themselves only after dark. However, many moths as the images confirm in this gallery are insects of great beauty, their colours and often unusual shapes make them fascinating subjects for study and photography.

I have always been fascinated with moths from an early age. Living in a large parkland estate they were not an uncommon sight resting on the walls of the estate in early morning before the sun forced them to retreat to a more shaded area. The images illustrated are a small example of the many species I have seen and photographed from around the world.

Yellow-tail Moth Euproctis similis
White Prominent Leucodonta bicoloria
White-collared Burnet Zygaena lavandulae
Three-humped Prominent Notodonta tritophus
Small Lappet Moth Phyllodesma ilicifolia
Scarce Merveille du Jour Moma alpium
Scarce Wormwood Cucullia artemisiae
September Thorn Ennomos erosaria
Scarce Chocolate-tip Clostera anachoreta
Red Costate Tiger Moth Aloa lactinea
Spanish Moth Xanthopastis timais
Crimson Speckled Footman Utethesia pulchella
Peppered Moth Biston betularia
Dioryctria abietella
Phyllodesma japonica
Pine-tree Lappet Dendrolimus pini
Cinnabar Moth Tyria Jacobaeae
Feathered Footman Coscinia striata
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
Puss Moth Cerura vinula
Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae f. flava
Silver-striped Hawkmoth Hippotion celerio
Lappet Moth Gastropacha quercifolia
Wood Tiger Parasemia plantaginis
Emperor moth (female) Pavonia pavonia
March Moth Alsophila aescularia
Kentish Glory Endromis versicolora (male)
Figure of Eight Diloba caeruleocephala
Dark Spectacle Abrostola trigemina
Shore Wainscot Mythimna litoralis
Gold Swift Hepialus hecta
Goat Moth Cossus cossus
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri hesperica
Birch Mocha Cyclophora albipunctata
Striped Lychnis Cucullia lychnitis
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata
Peach Blossom Thyatira batis
Orache Moth Trachea atriplicis
Clouded Magpie Abraxas sylvata
Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata
Grey Dagger Acronicta psi
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria
Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica