Day-flying Moths

Sometimes large or colourful moths can be confused with butterflies.

Some of these moths are normally day flying. Others may be seen when disturbed from vegetation.

Mother Shipton

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: May to July

Burnet Companion

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: Mid May to early July

Silver-Y

Distribution: Widespread, Common (Migrant)

Flight period: May to October

Chimney Sweeper

Distribution: Localised, Uncommon

Flight period: June to July

Cinnabar

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: Mid May to early August

Six-spot Burnet

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: End of June to August

Narrow bordered Five-spot Burnet

Distribution: Localised (Mendips), Uncommon

Flight period: June to July

Jersey Tiger

Distribution:  Widespread, Common

Flight period: Late July to September

Garden Tiger

Distribution:  Widespread, Common

Flight period: July to August

Scarlet Tiger

Distribution:  Localised, Uncommon

Flight period: June to July

Hummingbird-Hawkmoth

Distribution:  Migrant

Flight period: August and September

Forester

Distribution:  Localised, Uncommon

Flight period: Mid May to July

Oak Eggar

Distribution:  Widespread, Common

Flight period: July to August

Emperor

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: Late March to May

Brimstone moth

Distribution:  Widespread, Common

Flight period: April to October

Speckled Yellow

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: May to June

Yellow Shell

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: June to August

Shaded Broad-bar

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: July to August

Magpie

Distribution: Widespread, Common

Flight period: June to August

Argent & Sable

Distribution: Localised, Scarce

Flight period: May to June

Somerset Moth Group

For further details about all Moths in Somerset (VC5 & VC6), please visit the Somerset Moth Group

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