The Folkestone & Hythe area moth list

A provisional list of the moths recorded in the Folkestone & Hythe area is now available to download as an Excel spreadsheet by clicking here. I’m very grateful to Paul Howe for his support in generating this list.

The provisional Folkestone & Hythe area moth list currently stands at 1,504 species (858 micros and 646 macros).

Historical lists:

Henry Knaggs’ list of macro-lepidoptera occurring in the neighbourhood of Folkestone (1870).
Henry Ullyett’s list of macro-lepidoptera occurring in the neighbourhood of Folkestone (1880).
Arthur Morley’s list of macro-lepidoptera occurring in the neighbourhood of Folkestone (1931).

Species accounts:

The list is based on the sequence and taxonomy contained within the Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles (Agassiz et al. 2022).

Very rare: has occurred locally on between one and 15 occasions.
Rare: has occurred locally on between 16 and 50 occasions.
Scarce: has occurred locally on more than 50 occasions but on less than ten occasions per year on average.

The species accounts cover all records received up until the end of 2023.

Macro moths:

Hepialidae:

3.001 – Orange Swift
3.002 – Common Swift
3.003 – Map-winged Swift
3.004 – Gold Swift
3.005 – Ghost Moth

Cossidae:

50.001 – Goat Moth
50.002 – Leopard Moth

Sesiidae:

52.001 – Raspberry Clearwing
52.002 – Hornet Moth
52.003 – Lunar Hornet Moth
52.006 – White-barred Clearwing
52.007 – Large Red-belted Clearwing
52.008 – Red-tipped Clearwing
52.010 – Orange-tailed Clearwing
52.011 – Red-belted Clearwing
52.012 – Yellow-legged Clearwing
52.013 – Currant Clearwing
52.014 – Six-belted Clearwing
52.015 – Fiery Clearwing

Limacodidae:

53.001 – The Festoon

Zygaedidae:

54.001 – Scarce Forester
54.002 – The Forester
54.003 – Cistus Forester
54.008 – Six-spot Burnet
54.009 – Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet
54.010 – Five-spot Burnet

Drepanidae:

65.001 – Scalloped Hook-tip
65.002 – Oak Hook-tip
65.003 – Barred Hook-tip
65.004 – Dusky Hook-tip
65.005 – Pebble Hook-tip
65.007 – Chinese Character
65.008 – Peach Blossom
65.009 – Buff Arches
65.010 – Figure of Eighty
65.011 – Poplar Lutestring
65.012 – Satin Lutestring
65.013 – Common Lutestring
65.014 – Oak Lutestring
65.015 – Frosted Green
65.016 – Yellow Horned

Lasiocampidae:

66.001 – December Moth
66.002 – Pale Eggar
66.003 – The Lackey
66.005 – Small Eggar
66.007 – Oak Eggar
66.008 – Fox Moth
66.010 – The Drinker
66.012 – The Lappet

Saturniidae:

68.001 – Emperor Moth

Sphingidae:

69.001 – Lime Hawk-moth
69.002 – Eyed Hawk-moth
69.003 – Poplar Hawk-moth
69.004 – Convolvulus Hawk-moth
69.005 – Death’s-head Hawk-moth
69.006 – Privet Hawk-moth
69.007 – Pine Hawk-moth
69.008 – Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
69.009 – Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
69.010 – Hummingbird Hawk-moth
69.011 – Oleander Hawk-moth
69.013 – Spurge Hawk-moth
69.014 – Bedstraw Hawk-moth
69.015 – Striped Hawk-moth
69.016 – Elephant Hawk-moth
69.017 – Small Elephant Hawk-moth
69.018 – Silver-striped Hawk-moth

Geometridae:

70.003 – Bright Wave
70.004 – Least Carpet
70.006 – Dwarf Cream Wave
70.008 – Small Dusty Wave
70.009 – Satin Wave
70.011 – Single-dotted Wave
70.012 – Treble Brown Spot
70.013 – Small Fan-footed Wave
70.015 – Small Scallop
70.016 – Riband Wave
70.017 – Portland Ribbon Wave
70.018 – Plain Wave
70.020 – Sub-angled Wave
70.021 – Lace Border
70.022 – Tawny Wave
70.023 – Mullein Wave
70.024 – Small Blood-vein
70.025 – Lesser Cream Wave
70.027 – Cream Wave
70.028 – Rosy Wave
70.029 – Blood-vein
70.031 – The Mocha
70.032 – Birch Mocha
70.033 – Blair’s Mocha
70.035 – False Mocha
70.036 – Maiden’s Blush
70.037 – Clay Triple-lines
70.038 – The Vestal
70.039 – Oblique Striped
70.041 – July Belle
70.043 – Chalk Carpet
70.045 – Shaded Broad-bar
70.046 – Oblique Carpet
70.047 – The Gem
70.049 – Garden Carpet
70.050 – Balsam Carpet
70.051 – Red Twin-spot Carpet
70.052 – Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
70.053 – Flame Carpet
70.054 – Silver-ground Carpet
70.055 – Large Twin-spot Carpet
70.056 – Royal Mantle
70.057 – Ruddy Carpet
70.059 – Yellow Shell
70.061 – Common Carpet
70.062 – Wood Carpet
70.063 – Galium Carpet
70.065 – Sharp-angled Carpet
70.066 – Shoulder Stripe
70.067 – The Streamer
70.068 – Beautiful Carpet
70.069 – Dark Spinach
70.070 – The Mallow
70.073 – White-banded Carpet
70.074 – July Highflyer
70.075 – May Highflyer
70.077 – Pine Carpet
70.079 – Spruce Carpet
70.081 – Grey Pine Carpet
70.082 – Juniper Carpet
70.083 – Cypress Carpet
70.084 – Blue-bordered Carpet
70.085 – Barred Yellow
70.086 – Broken-barred Carpet
70.087 – Purple Bar
70.089 – The Phoenix
70.090 – The Chevron
70.092 – The Spinach
70.093 – Barred Straw
70.094 – Small Phoenix
70.095 – Red-Green Carpet
70.096 – Autumn Green Carpet
70.097 – Common Marbled Carpet
70.098 – Dark Marbled Carpet
70.100 – Green Carpet
70.101 – Mottled Grey
70.103 – Water Carpet
70.106 – Winter Moth
70.107 – November Moth / 70.108 – Pale November Moth / 70.109 – Autumnal Moth
70.111 – Small White Wave
70.112 – Dingy Shell
70.113 – Waved Carpet
70.114 – Small Yellow Wave
70.118 – Brown Scallop
70.119 – Dark Umber
70.121 – Scallop Shell
70.122 – Scarce Tissue
70.123 – The Tissue
70.126 – Small Waved Umber
70.127 – The Fern
70.1271 – Cryptic Fern
70.128 – Pretty Chalk Carpet
70.131 – Twin-spot Carpet
70.132 – The Rivulet
70.133 – Small Rivulet
70.134 – Barred Rivulet
70.137 – Grass Rivulet
70.138 – Sandy Carpet
70.141 – Double-striped Pug
70.142 – The V-Pug
70.143 – Sloe Pug
70.144 – Green Pug
70.146 – Haworth’s Pug
70.147 – Slender Pug
70.148 – Maple Pug
70.149 – Cloaked Pug
70.150 – Toadflax Pug
70.151 – Foxglove Pug
70.152 – Channel Islands Pug
70.153 – Lead-coloured Pug
70.155 – Netted Pug
70.156 – Brindled Pug
70.157 – Oak-tree Pug
70.158 – Juniper Pug
70.159 – Cypress Pug
70.160 – White-spotted Pug
70.161 – Golden-rod Pug
70.162 – Dwarf Pug
70.163 – Larch Pug
70.165 – Pimpinel Pug
70.166 – Plain Pug
70.168 – Narrow-winged Pug
70.169 – Angle-barred Pug
70.171 – Ochreous Pug
70.173 – Lime-speck Pug
70.174 – Pinion-spotted Pug
70.175 – Triple-spotted Pug
70.176 – Freyer’s Pug
70.179 – Wormwood Pug
70.180 – Bleached Pug
70.182 – Currant Pug
70.183 – Common Pug
70.184 – Mottled Pug
70.185 – Campanula Pug
70.186 – Yarrow Pug
70.187 – Tawny Speckled Pug
70.188 – Bordered Pug
70.189 – Shaded Pug
70.190 – Grey Pug
70.192 – Treble-bar
70.193 – Lesser Treble-bar
70.195 – The Streak
70.196 – Broom-tip
70.198 – The Seraphim
70.199 – Small Seraphim
70.200 – Yellow-barred Brindle
70.201 – Barred Tooth-striped
70.202 – Early Tooth-striped
70.205 – The Magpie
70.206 – Clouded Magpie
70.207 – Clouded Border
70.208 – Scorched Carpet
70.211 – Peacock Moth
70.212 – Sharp-angled Peacock
70.214 – Tawny-barred Angle
70.215 – The V-Moth
70.217 – Rannoch Looper
70.218 – Latticed Heath
70.219 – Tamarisk Peacock
70.222 – Brown Silver-line
70.224 – Scorched Wing
70.226 – Brimstone Moth
70.227 – Bordered Beauty
70.229 – Speckled Yellow
70.230 – Orange Moth
70.231 – Lilac Beauty
70.232 – Large Thorn
70.233 – August Thorn
70.234 – Canary-shouldered Thorn
70.235 – Dusky Thorn
70.236 – September Thorn
70.237 – Early Thorn
70.238 – Lunar Thorn
70.239 – Purple Thorn
70.240 – Scalloped Hazel
70.241 – Scalloped Oak
70.243 – Swallow-tailed Moth
70.244 – Feathered Thorn
70.245 – March Moth
70.246 – Small Brindled Beauty
70.247 – Pale Brindled Beauty
70.248 – Brindled Beauty
70.251 – Oak Beauty
70.252 – Peppered Moth
70.253 – Spring Usher
70.254 – Scarce Umber
70.255 – Dotted Border
70.256 – Mottled Umber
70.257 – Waved Umber
70.258 – Willow Beauty
70.264 – Satin Beauty
70.265 – Mottled Beauty
70.268 – Pale Oak Beauty
70.270 – The Engrailed
70.272 – Square Spot
70.273 – Brindled White-spot
70.274 – Grey Birch
70.275 – Common Heath
70.276 – Bordered White
70.277 – Common White Wave
70.278 – Common Wave
70.279 – White-pinion Spotted
70.280 – Clouded Silver
70.282 – Early Moth
70.283 – Light Emerald
70.284 – Barred Red
70.2841 – Banded Pine Carpet
70.287 – The Annulet
70.288 – Brussels Lace
70.293 – Straw Belle
70.294 – Yellow Belle
70.295 – Grass Wave
70.296 – Rest Harrow
70.297 – Grass Emerald
70.299 – Large Emerald
70.300 – Blotched Emerald
70.302 – Small Emerald
70.303 – Little Emerald
70.304 – Sussex Emerald
70.305 – Common Emerald

Not proven:

70.117 – Drab Looper
70.124 – Barberry Carpet
70.130 – Chimney Sweeper
70.140 – Marsh Carpet
70.177 – Satyr Pug

Species accounts will gradually continue to be added as part of a long-term project.

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