Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Moths Matter

Butterfly Conservation (the UK charity for both butterflies and moths) has just launched the Moths Matter campaign. The campaign aims to get people interested in moths, which are often overlooked next to their more well known butterfly relatives.

However moths are well worth learning about and they're not all small, dull coloured night time creatures. Many moths in fact are beautiful day flying insects. Here are just some of the moths I've seen in the past few years

 cinnabar moth, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, June 2018

silver carpet moth (I think!), Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, June 2018

 narrow bordered 5 spot burnet moth, Musselburgh, July 2016

brimstone moth, Colinton Tunnel, Water of Leith walkway, Edinburgh, June 2013 

This is just a very small selection of moths in and around Edinburgh. but it gives a sense of the variety of patterns and colours you can find in these lovely insects.It's not just the adults either! Some moth caterpillars are very easily spotted like these cinnabar moths on Arthur's Seat in August 2016

and Caroline Gill has written a very interesting post about leaf mining moth larvae on her Wild and Wonderful blog here

The Moths Matter campaign will show how moths are important pollinators, why they are key parts of the food chain and how they are sometimes even more beautiful that butterflies.
Like butterflies, the UK’s moths are in trouble with many once common species struggling in the face of habitat loss and climate change.

Every month over the next year, the Moths Matter campaign will focus on a different theme, from spotting springtime caterpillars, planting a garden to attract night-flying visitors, to searching for Hawk-moths in hedgerows. There will be online moth quizzes and downloadable ID guides to help you get to grips with our most striking species. Blogs and video posts will help you learn more about moths and find out how Butterfly Conservation is working to protect moths across the UK.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, great post and photos. Enjoy your day!

RG said...

So many different textures and shades ...

Jenn Jilks said...

I love moths, outside!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Jenn, yes moths indoors can be a problem, though only clothes moths bother me. We've had some very pretty moths fly into our house on occasion.

Rabbits' Guy - yes there's such a huge variety of moths out there

Eileen - thanks!

Lowcarb team member said...

I always prefer to see any moths outside!

All the best Jan

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you, CGP, so much for the mention. I'm so pleased you have done this post, and I totally agree that moths can sometimes be very colourful! I would love to see an Emperor moth one of these days... #Moths#Matter