There are many moth myths that distract
from the important role they play in helping maintain a healthy environment.
Moths are beautiful and fascinating but increasingly under threat, with more than two-thirds of larger
macro-moths in decline. These losses not only affect moths but other wildlife
that depend on them. Cuckoos and bats have both been shown to struggle as a
result of declining moth numbers. As well as playing an important role in the
food chain, moths are also pollinators, responsible for the reproduction of many
wildflowers including several native orchids. That's why this issue is all about
celebrating moths. Join in with Moth Night this weekend and help us raise
awareness of our marvellous
A Night To Remember
Night is the annual celebration of moths and moth recording.
This year event
organisers Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology &
Hydrology are asking you to look for pyralid moths.
are often under-recorded and scientists need you to report your sightings to
determine how these moths are faring across the UK. With climate change and the
international horticulture trade bringing new species of pyralid moth to our
shores, you could even make moth history by being the first to spot a new
Night festivities stretch over a whole weekend with
UK-wide events running from today through to Monday.
the Moth Night website to look
up events in your locality and find
out how to join in from your own garden or nearby
you created your plot for pollinators yet? Just one square metre of outdoor
space can support hundreds of insects.
gardening advice for butterflies and bees also applies to moths but there are
some extra plants you should include if you are keen to attract and support a
variety of moth species in your garden.
month the Secret Gardener investigates the best plants to provide caterpillar
food and flying-fuel for both day and night flying moths. Don't forget to share
photos of your metre for moths on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the
you identify an Elephant or an Ermine? Do you know the difference between a
Magpie and a Marbled Minor? We
have more than 2,500 moths in the UK. Many of our moths will visit gardens and
you can find some species in
busy city streets.
if you are a complete beginner to mothing, simply curious to discover more, you
can still join in with Moth Night. BC's resident moth expert, Richard
Fox, introduces members of the pyralid family so you can get to grips with the
species you are likely to encounter this June. Read the blog for tips
and activities you can try at home to attract and identify