Moths.ie is a really useful starting point if you’ve seen an Irish moth and are looking for a quick ID. The family thumbnails let you quickly “narrow the field”, while the detailed species pages let you pinpoint with relative certainty exactly which species you’re looking for.
While there really is not substitute for a good moth field guide, if you don’t have one handy, and are looking for a quick ID an online photographic guide like Moths.ie can be invaluable.
We have around 1,350 moth species in Ireland, compared to around 37 species of butterfly… so the sheer diversity of this often underappreciated insect group is staggering. It’s well worth taking a closer look at our moths – some of which are absolutely stunning creatures that can rival any butterfly in the looks department. Don’t forget to bookmark moths.ie – it’s a site you’ll keep going back to.