Nobody has yet ‘been able to classify the various moths in this country, but the following are the commonest specimens, as well as the most interesting:
Black Arches Moth.
Size about 1 ½ inches from side to side. The fore wings are a soft white, relieved by a number of zig-zag lines running parallel to the body. The hind wings are a putty-grey, edged with a deep brown, irregular line. It can be found in the summer, even in the daytime.
Small but attractive moth. The fore wings are reddish brown with spots and lines on them of a brilliant crimson red. The rear wings are crimson of the same shade with an edging of brown. This species is easily confused with the Spotted Burnet, unless markings are carefully noted. Found in May and June in the daytime.
Looks more like a butterfly than a moth at a casual glance. The wings are white, dotted with black and relieved by splashes of orange. The body is orange. Found from June to August on currant and gooseberry canes, where it does much damage.
Death’s Head Moth.
A noble creature, large and attractive. On the purple-brown body there is a mark which somewhat resembles a skull and crossboncs. The fore wings are a deep brown with a mottling of light buff of many shades. The rear wings are buff, inclined to orange, with brown zigzag stripes. Flies at night.
Very beautiful and of medium size. The ground colour is white, but very little of this is showing, as there are bands, lines, and molt lings of purple of different shades, as well as four large eye spots, one on. each wing. Found in May, usually in woodlands.
Hawk Moth. Elephant Hawk Moth.
Of medium size; the tips of the fore wings are pointed and the rear wings are much smaller than those in front. The colour is yellow-buff, flushed with pink and mottled with brown.
Eyed Hawk Moth.
Another very beautiful and large moth. The fore wings are buff and the hind wings pink. All are heavily mottled with brown. The two hind wings bear a purple eye spot. Note the pointed tips to the fore wings. Found in June and July at night.
Lime Hawk Moth.
A hawk moth of medium size and with a deeply indented edge to its wings. The wings are yellow-buff with a great deal of brown, pink, and greenish mottling. Found in early summer.
Poplar Hawk Moth—01 large size. Pointed tip on each fore wing. Hind wings smaller than fore wings. Colour a dusty brown with mottling of a richer brown. An orange patch on cither side of the body. Found between May and July.
Privet Hawk Moth.
Of large size. The ground colour of the wings is an attractive buff-brown, and on this there is much dark brown mottling as well as some purple. Flies at night in June and July.
A very beautiful and delicately marked moth. Fairly large. The ground colour of the wings is white, and on it are black markings. Found in May and June.
Red Underwing Moth.
A very beautiful and large moth. The fore wings are a deep mottled brown on dusky brown, and the rear wings are red with brown patches. Flies during August and September.
Spotted Burnet Moth.
Not unlike the Cinnabar Moth in colour ,but usually slightly smaller. The fore wings are brown with crimson-red spots, while the rear wings are crimson-red with a brown edging. There are two common varieties: (a) the Five-Spotted
Burnet, with five spots on the fore wings, seen in June and July; and (b) the Six-Spotted Burnet, with six spots on the fore wings. Seen in July and August.
Tiger Moth .
Of this beautiful species, there are several kinds. They are as follows: Cream Spot Tiger Moth.
Fore wings, light buff with chocolate patches. Rear wings, yellow with chocolate patches. Flies in June.
Garden Tiger Moth.
Fore wings, buff with chocolate patches. Rear wings, vermilion with black patches. Flies in July.
Ruby Tiger Moth.
Fore wings, brownish red with two small spots of black. Rear wings, pink, mottled with blue and red. Flics from May to August.
Wood Tiger Moth.
Fore wings, yellow, heavily marked with black. Rear wings, dark yellow, heavily marked with black. Flies in May and June.