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Pierid Butterflies Whites

The pierid butterflies are the white and yellow ones, often with black markings. Mainly familiar species but can be tricky to tell apart in flight.

Nymphalid Butterflies Admirals and Fritillaries

Large, brightly coloured butterflies. A group that contains many of our most familiar species and some rare ones too!

Satyrid Butterflies Browns

This group of butterflies is formed mainly of brown coloured species but also includes the marbled white. 

Lycaenid Butterflies Blues and Hairstreaks

These species have the familiar names of hairstreaks, coppers and blues. Usually small butterflies with males being brightly marked.

Hesperid Butterflies Skippers

Small butterflies but strong flyers. Most species have an unusual seperated wing position when at rest

Moths 001 033 Swifts burnets and clearwings

Primitive moth species being quite unique in appearance and not really similar to the bulk of mith species. These are the hepialidae (swifts), zygaenidae (burnets) and sesiidae (clearwings)

Moths 034 050 Eggars saturns and leopards

These are three small groups of moths but with (in general) large species! It includes cossidae (leopards), Lasiocampidae (eggars) and saturniidae (the emporer moth).

Moths 051 068 Hawkmoths

Stout bodied, fast flying moths. Often large with colourful markings. Most often seen as large caterpillars rather than night flying moths.

Moths 069 084 Hooktips and lutestrings

This is the family drepanidae; a small family which includes hhok-tips, lutestrings and half a dozen other species 

Moths 085 387 Geometerids

These moths rest with their wings flattened or outstretched giving them a triangular appearance, hence the geometeric connection.

Moths 388 415 Kittens and Prominents

These are three types of notodontidae family. Each has distinctive characteristics but in general are stout, hairy and sombre!

Moths 416 478 Tigers Ermines and Footmen

Striking moths, brightly coloured and that acts as a warning to preditors as most of this family are poisonous!

Moths 479 515 Fanfoots and underwings

Although members of the family noctuidae these are some sub-groups that demonstrate some physical variations to 'standard' noctuids and, in many ways, resemble geometrids!

Moths 516 899 Noctuidae

By far the largest British family of moths. Outer wings are generally rather dingy but often have some quite detailed markings. The wings are folded flat on top of the body when resting.

Micro moths

A range of families of small moths, many day flying. Quite variable in appearance and many difficult to identify.