The Lepidoptera (moths) of Northumberland and Durham

About this site

This site has been created by Keith Dover and Keith Regan. Its primary purpose is to make available the text of the definitive description of the lepidoptera of Northumberland and Durham by Tom Dunn and Jim Parrack. To date we have added all the "macro" text published in 1987. We are now in the process of adding the current status of each species to the text. The period after the publication has seen rapid changes in the status of many species and is one of the reasons for creating this site.

We will also be adding the text of the "micros", published in 1993, as time permits.

It is also our intention to create a resource that will go beyond the book. This is why we have added the flight search facility to show what species are flying at any time of the year.

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Discover the beauty of moths

For a very, very long time, moths occupied the back seat to their more impressive cousins, the butterflies. But more and more people seem to understand that moths are beautiful too – their charisma and uniqueness will soon captivate you if you just give moths a chance. If you consider observing the moths in parks, at expositions or even in your courtyard, things will get more interesting if you will be in the right company. Meet a sexy model from Escorts and discover the beauty of moths together!

Did you develop an interest in moths?

Moths are more than those annoying insects that stick to your screen door on a summer night. Possessing various sizes, shapes and colors, these mostly-nocturnal fliers have numerous ecological benefits. Moths pollinate plants, but they also feed bats, birds and even people around the world. There are more than 11 thousands species of moths in the United States, outnumbering butterflies and being able to make great mimics. Because they want to avoid being eaten, some moths have evolved to look like tarantulas, wasps or even the praying mantis.

While some moths eat nectar, others do not eat at all: adults of certain species of Lepidoptera do not even have a mouth. Considered the next superfood, caterpillars are food for almost everything else, from birds and small animals to dogs, cats, bears and people. Many African countries consume moth and butterfly caterpillars because they are packed full of protein, healthy fats, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. If you want to observe moths in your environment, you should call a gorgeous model from Escorts and meet her at your place, where you should begin your moth trapping together.

Use a portable lantern to walk in your backyard and attract these interesting insects. Although you can observe many moths during daytime, many other species fly during the late evening period before it gets dark. You will find various types of moths on fences, walls and trunks, but you should know that February and March are some of the best months to notice Lepidoptera. You can even trap rare or uncommon moths out of their typical habitat and you will sure enjoy your capture alongside your ravishing companion.

Identification of the moths will not always be easy, especially if you think about the fact that there are so many species. But based on their habitat, time of year, size, shape and colors, you will be able to determine which species of moth you managed to trap. Night-blooming flowers depend on moths and other nocturne creatures to be pollinated, but artificial light can draw moths away, thus having a negative impact on the plants ability to reproduce.

Many other interesting facts about moths will make you see that these beautiful insects are a lot more than meets the eye. Venture moth trapping in your favorite park or in your backyard, take your lantern and a ravishing companion and you will certainly become more interested in the uniqueness of moths!