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12 Magnificent Moth Facts

The weird and wonderful world of moths is full of fascinating facts that many people don’t know! Gone are the days they were regarded as the dull runner up to the butterfly! They are spectacular and wonderful in their own right. Here are 12 magnificent moth facts that show you how amazing these creatures are.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

What Butterfly Conservation does to save moths

Moths have experienced worrying declines over the past 40 years with several species even becoming extinct in the UK. Sadly, the numbers of many species continue to decline, and it may start feel like there is nothing that can be done… but this is abundantly not true - not on our watch. Butterfly Conservation works across the disciplines of conservation, research science, recording, and education, all of which help prevent moth species from further declines, and even extinction.

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White-spotted Sable Moth

Meet our 'MothMaticians': George Tordoff

As you can imagine, our moth scientists are a very knowledgeable and interesting group of people. For MothsMatter 2022 we interviewed George Tordoff, one of our resident moth experts on his role at Butterfly Conservation and chatted with him about why #mothsmatter so much to him.

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Top Moth Traps

Humming-bird Hawk-moth

60 Second Lesson - Open an NHBS Moth Trap

What you can do to help moths...

All About Moths - Leaflet

Inspire the next generation

Become a mothmatician!

(Mothmatician - Our new and favourite word for a moth champion!)

Moths need everyone, of all ages, to help preserve their habitat, and we would love your help to educate the next generation about the vital role they play in nature.

Download our 'All About Moths' guide, created specifically for children, containing easy-to-digest information that will help inform younger nature lovers about how they can help these beautiful insects.


Download a 'How To Start Mothing' guide

Start mothing!

Moths far outnumber butterflies and are much more varied. Learning about the many species in your own area is a fascinating and enjoyable hobby. Moths have also received far less attention than butterflies and, as a result, less is known about them and where they occur. This means that the information you collect about your local moths can make a real contribution to knowledge and can directly help conservation.

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December moth

Get clued-up on fascinating Winter Moth facts

Learn about Winter Moths!

Most insects in the UK take a break in the winter months. Unlike mammals and birds they can't easily heat themselves up, and their sources of food from plants dwindle. But a few hardy butterflies and moths can be seen during this time, with some moths only appearing as adults during the months when few other insects are on the wing.