My name is Pete Hillman, and I bid you welcome to my Back Garden Moths blog and would like to thank you for visiting! Photography is my main hobby, and this is my way of recording the beauty and wonders I discover within nature. I have always had an interest and a fascination for moths since a young boy. Most of the species found here were observed in the county of Staffordshire, England, where I live, whilst others are from around various locations in the UK. However a majority of the photographs featured here were taken in my front and rear gardens. They are only small gardens, but thankfully attract a lot of wildlife. I have recently created a small garden wildlife pond in the hope I can attract more diverse forms.
I find beauty, wonder, peace and liberation from the modern way of life with its fast pace and stresses by being close to nature. It has a way of soothing the spirit, and calming the soul. All aspects of nature always awaken my curiosity, and never fail to excite and inspire me
All it takes are a few moments to simply stop, have a look around, listen and open up the senses to discover some of the interesting and fascinating wonders of nature. It is a hope that these pages will help in identifying some of these wonders and to further knowledge in these discoveries. It is also a hope to instill appreciation and conservation in the varied habitats and species which rely on them for future generations to enjoy and be inspired by.
Use of this blog
I have tried to make this blog easy to use when searching for particular species or for identifying species. I have created Species Gallery where I have divided the moths into ‘Macro’ and ‘Micro’ with the families. These will be altered and added to as I build content.
The wing dimensions ‘forewing length’ or ‘wingspan’ are those depending on the resting position of the species.
This is simply a hobbyist site, and is not authoritative in any way. If using this site as a reference guide always cross reference with other works. Please also be aware that some moths cannot be identified by photographs alone. For those genitalia dissection and microscopic examination is required, which is not my thing as I do not like to harm the individuals I come across. In these instances the image is for reference, and is made mention of where applicable.
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