The Moths of Suffolk

Text by Tony Prichard

Large Emerald
Flame Shoulder
Dark Umber caterpillar
Speckled Yellow
Pink-barred Sallow
Emperor Moth
Ear Moth
Swallow-tailed Moth


This is a guide to the moths of Suffolk that at the moment covers the macro-lepidoptera (larger moths) and the various families of the micro-lepidoptera - Alucitidae, Pyralidae, Pterophoridae, Tortricidae, Gracillaridae, Yponomeutidae, Nepticulidae and other smaller families. It is intended that with time more historic information will be included and other families of lepidoptera covered. It is currently in a draft form and will be subject to change as the species accounts are improved and expanded.

The not too long term intention is to produce a book covering the larger moths of Suffolk and it is hoped that this draft guide will stimulate and help moth recording in the county. One of the reasons for producing online and CD versions is that production costs are low. The guide can be continually tuned and the contents hopefully improved based on feedback without significant cost. I would welcome any feedback on this guide.

Further background information on the moths of the county and local moth recording may be found by following the links below. Italicised entries indicate the entry has not yet been written and the writing of these sections will probably occur later rather than sooner. I would be interested to hear of further sections that readers would like included.

Quick Start

The guide is presented as a series of species accounts each presented on a separate page. These can be accessed via direct searching for species names or via link pages holding various forms of species lists. The menu on the left-side of each page provides links to allow navigation to the required species account pages.

The title The Moths of Suffolk at the top of each page will cause this page to be displayed.

Help Further help on the various features of the guide.
Comment book View people's comments about the guide and add your own comments.
Preferences View and set preferences that affect how the guide displays pages and other information
Search Search for species accounts, search for text in species accounts and various species lists.
Compare Compare selected features of species.
Filtering Restrict the species that are used in searching or navigation of accounts.
Browse pictures Browse photographs of adults of species with multiple species shown per page.

Provides a text field into which species names, partial names or Bradley and Fletcher numbers can be entered to search for species accounts without accessing the search page.
Provides a picklist of recently viewed species accounts. Selecting a species from the picklist will show that species' account.
Account navigation First, Previous, Next or Last menu items allows navigation between species account pages.
Filters set This panel shows the current filter settings

Further information on some features

Species Comparison : Currently this feature allows the comparison of photographs, distribution maps, phenology tables and account text for a set of species selected. In its current form it is rather unwieldy to use but should be replaced by a more user-friendly version in the not too distant future.

Comment Book : allows for the feedback of comments on the guide. Please feel to add an entry if you have any suggestions for improvements.

Filtering : restricts the species displayed in species lists, browsing of photographs and species account navigation. For example, if you are trying to identify a moth that you have just caught it might be worth setting the filter to only show those species that currently in their adult stage. If you measure the wing span then you could further limit the species by setting the wing span filter. On selecting the Browse pictures feature you would then only see species that were currently adults and that also fitted in the specified wing span range. Additional filters are planned but building the data for some of these features can take some time.

Additional features for the guide are planned and there are still a number of photographs for species missing from the guide as it currently stands. The intention is to add photographs over time as they become available. If you would like to contribute any photographs for species (including non-Suffolk ones) that are not currently covered then please get in touch


The data in this guide has been largely based on the many records submitted by local and not-so-local visiting recorders. I would like to thank those recorders for their records - keep them coming in.

Photographs are uploaded to the guide by moth group members and thanks to them for making the guide a more colourful and useful piece of work.

Copyright info

All photographs and distribution maps in the guide are copyrighted. Please contact me (Tony Prichard) for details if you wish to use them.


Details of the references used compiling the guide can be found here

About the guide

If you're interested in how the guide is put together then this is covered in the About the Guide section