Sunday Quiz – A Moth Medley.

White ermine moth ( Spilosoma lubricipeda)

Dear Readers, there are moths everywhere, but they are amongst our most underappreciated insects. This week, I am aiming to put things right! True, some of them are pests, but all of them have their place in our complex ecosystems. Where would our bats be without a mothy mouthful? Here are fifteen species for you to identify. Have fun!

Choose which moth is which from the list below. So, if you think moth 1) is a Jersey tiger, your answer will be 1) a)

a) Jersey tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria)

b) Brimstone (Opisthograptis luteolata)

c) Mint moth (Pyrausta aurata)

d) Buff tip (Phalera bucephala)

e) Red underwing ( Catocala nupta)

f) Hummingbird hawk moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

g) Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

h) White plume moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla)

i) Blood vein (Timandra comae)

j) Box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis)

k) Angle shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

l) Large emerald (Geometra papilionaria)

m) Elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor)

n) Magpie moth (Abraxas grossulariata)

o) Six-spot burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

Photo One by This image is created by user B. Schoenmakers at, a source of nature observations in the Netherlands. / CC BY (


Photo Two by AJC1 from UK / CC BY-SA (


Photo Three by Rob Mitchell / CC0


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Photo Five by Yusuf Akgul / CC BY-SA (


Photo Six by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (


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Photo Eight by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK / CC BY (


Photo Nine by By Lairich Rig, CC BY-SA 2.0,


Photo Ten by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (


Photo Eleven by Rob Mitchell / CC0


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Photo Thirteen by Patrick Clement from West Midlands, England / CC BY (


Photo Fourteen by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (


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9 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – A Moth Medley.

  1. leo smith

    1-H, 2-A, 3-K, 4-J, 5-F, 6-D, 7-G, 8-C, 9-O, 10-I, 11-E, 12-N, 13-B, 14-M, 15-L
    No cheating ! – It’s the smaller ones I struggle with ! – But this has reminded me that I do know quite a few !!! Thanks Leo x

  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    I’ve photographed 3 or 4 of these myself, but I’ll be lucky to get more than half this week! Anyway, here goes: 1h, 2a, 3k, 4n, 5f, 6d, 7c, 8j, 9o, 10i, 11e, 12g, 13b, 14m, 15l

  3. helencf

    Thank you for this quiz. As I have very little knowledge of moths, it has given me a wonderful list of them to become familiar with!

    1. Bug Woman

      Glad you enjoyed it, Helen, and yes, keep your eyes peeled – there are lots of moths about at the moment, and some of them are spectacular!

      1. Helen Fraser

        I have just this morning found a yellow and black striped caterpillar on my allotment, and I can now identify it as that of a Cinnabar Moth! Thank you for introducing me to this..

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