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Moth identification guides

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Identification books and more information

The following are the most commonly used identification guides for larger moths in Britain and Ireland:

British moths and butterflies: a photographic guide. Chris Manley, 2008. Photographs of all macro-moths, butterflies and many micro-moths and caterpillars in natural postures plus concise field notes. A & C Black.

Colour identification guide to the moths of the British Isles. Bernard Skinner, 2009. Photographs of all macro-moths in 'set' (pinned) postures plus detailed field notes. Apollo Books.

Concise guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland. Martin Townsend & Paul Waring, 2007. Illustrations of all macro-moths in natural resting postures plus concise field notes. British Wildlife Publishing.

Field guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland. Paul Waring & Martin Townsend, 2009. Illustrations of all macro-moths in natural resting postures plus detailed field notes. British Wildlife Publishing.Striped Hawk-moth (Chris Manley)

For larger moth that are more difficult to identify:

British and Irish moths: an illustrated guide to selected difficult species. Martin Townsend, Jon Clifton & Brian Goodey, 2010. Information and photographs of 72 difficult to identify macro-moths, which often require close examination or genitalia determination. Butterfly Conservation.

And for caterpillars:

Caterpillars of the British Isles, Jim Porter, 1997. Photographs of all macro-moth and butterfly caterpillars plus detailed field notes. Viking.

Other sources of information

In addition to more specialised books, there are some useful sources of further information on moth identification on the internet, such as: