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Other Macro Moths (Various families)

This is a collection of Macro Moths, not delt with before. Usually this is due to the fact that they belong to smaller families, or to families of which only a few species are regularly seen in gardens. Most of these moths look a lot like Noctuids, such as the Pantheids, Eggars, some Tuft Moths and adult Slug Moths. Most Hawk-moths do look very different, but so far only a few have visited our garden. Of the very big moths in our region, most belong to the Hawk moths, of which some species will reach a wing span of some 140 mm! Among the Hook-tips are some that look like Noctuids, while other are similar to Geometer Worms. Some information about the family characteristics is given in the decription of the first representative of each family below. Just click on More... in the text on the right of the picture.


photograph Drymonia ruficornis
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis

The Lunar Marbled Brown is an unmistakable, but very Noctuid like species. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Drymonia dodonaea
Marbled Brown Drymonia dodonaea

The Marbled Brown is not unlike the previous species, but more brownish and less greyish. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Stauropus fagi
Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

The English common name of Lobster Moth refers to the caterpillar and not to the adult moth. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Notodonta ziczac
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac

A striking moth indeed, which may be identified with ease. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Phalera bucephala
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Identifying the Buff-tip is extremely easy: there is simply not one other moth like it. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Clostera curtula
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula

Identifying the Chocolate-tip is easy as well: it is the Buff-tip edited in browns. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Pheosia tremula
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula

Easily identified as the Swallow Prominent, but there is a look-a-like!. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Pheosia gnoma
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma

Usually the markings in the Lesser Swallow Prominent are clearer than in the very similar Swallow Prominent, which may be a bit larger. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Pterostoma palpina
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

The Pale Prominent is a very easy species to identify .more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Drymonia querna
Oak Marbled Brown Drymonia querna

The Oak Marbled Brown is a highly variable species. In this picture a very dark specimen.more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Ptilodon capucina
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina

The Coxcomb Prominent is another unmistakable moth. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Thaumetopoea processionea
Oak Processionary Thaumetopoea processionea

The Oak Processionary is a very hairy moth. But only the hairs of its caterpillar may cause health problems. more...


Family: Prominents (Notodontidae)


photograph Poecilocampa populi
December Moth Poecilocampa populi

Dark, hairy moth, often not on the wing untill after the first night frost. That also explains why it is called the December Moth, even though it may be flying about a month earlier. more...


Family: Eggars (Lasiocampidae)


photograph Colocasia coryli
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli

The adult Nut-tree Tussock does look like an Owlet Moth very much. more...


Family: Pantheids (Pantheidae)


photograph Colocasia coryli
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli

The caterpillar of the Nut-tree Tussock however looks like a Tussock's, even though they are not really closely related to one another. more...


Family: Pantheids (Pantheidae)


photograph Calliteara pudibunda
Pale Tussock Moth Calliteara pudibunda

The pale and well marked version of the Pale Tussock Moth. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Calliteara pudibunda
Pale Tussock Moth Calliteara pudibunda

The dark form of the Pale Tussock Moth is much more difficult to identify. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Calliteara pudibunda
Pale Tussock Moth Calliteara pudibunda

The caterpillar of the Pale Tussock Moth is one of the most beautiful in our parts of the world. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Euproctis similis
Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

The male of the Yellow-tail has the black dot as seen in the picture, the female is similar, but entirely white. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Euproctis similis
Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

During daytime the caterpillar of the Yellow-tail is often seen sitting on top of plants or leaves. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Lymantria monacha
Black Arches Lymantria monacha

Black Arches also comes in a finely marked version, but in our garden we only had this dark, nondescript edition. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Lymantria dispar
Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar

This is a male of the Gypsy Moth. The female is white with small indented black lines. more...


Family: Tussock Moths (Lymantriidae)


photograph Drepana falcataria
Pebble Hook-tip Moth Drepana falcataria

The Pebble Hook-tip is another unmistakable moth, clearly showing why it is called a Hook-tip. more...


Family: Hook-tip Moths (Drepanidae)


photograph Watsonella binaria
Oak Hook-tip Watsonella binaria

The Oak Hook-tip is a colourful moth, on the wing in daylight, but rarely seen in gardens. more...


Family: Hook-tip Moths (Drepanidae)


photograph Thyatira batis
Peach Blossom Thyatira batis

The Peach Blossom is a beautiful moth, especially when fresh, and unmistakable. more...


Family: Hook-tip Moths (Drepanidae)


photograph Achlya flavicornis
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis

The Yellow Horned is a Hook-tip without hooks and very similar to the Noctuids indeed. more...


Family: Hook-tip Moths (Drepanidae)


photograph Tetheella fluctuosa
Satin Lutestring Tetheella fluctuosa

The Satin Lutestring is a local species confined to the presence of birches. more...


Family: Hook-tip Moths (Drepanidae)


photograph Mimas tiliae
Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae

The Lime Hawk-moth is a variable, yet unmistakable big moth. more...


Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)


photograph Deilephila elpenor
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor

In beautiful watercolours of pink and green: the Elephant Hawk-moth. There is a similar but smaller species as well. more...


Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)


photograph Sphinx pinastri
Pine Hawk-moth Sphinx pinastri

The Pine Hawk-moth is the dullest of them all. more...


Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)


photograph Triodia sylvina
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina

The larvae of the Orange Swift live on a tough diet of roots and overwinter twice. more...


Ghost Moths, aka Swifts (Hepialidae)


photograph Apoda limacodes
Festoon Apoda limacodes

The Festoon usually rests holding its tail high up in the air. more...


Family: Slug Moths (Limacodidae)


photograph Apoda limacodes
Festoon Apoda limacodes

Slug or caterpillar? Sometimes that's the question, especially with caterpillar of the Festoon. more...


Family: Slug Moths (Limacodidae)


photograph Nola confusalis
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis

Least Black Arches is a rather unobtrusive moth, appearing in spring. more...


Family: Tuft Moths (Nolidae)


photograph Nola aerugula
Scarce Black Arches Nola aerugula

Scarce Black Arches also is a rather unobtrusive moth, appearing in summer. more...


Family: Tuft Moths (Nolidae)


photograph Pseudoips prasinana
Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana

The Green Silver-lines is a green moth very similar to an Owlet. Luckily there are not too many green ones. more...


Family: Tuft Moths (Nolidae)


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