Samphire Hoe: a vital habitat for moths
Samphire Hoe is home to 380 species of moths, including 5 featured in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Moths have an important but often overlooked ecological role of dispensing pollen over large distances under the cover of darkness. Moths act as ecosystem service providers.
Moth trapping sessions are regularly organised at Samphire Hoe and quite successful as 30 different species of moths can be recorded in only a couple of hours.
Moths are much more than just butterflies without make-up. If you thought all moths were only brown and only headbutting your lightbulb, then think again!
Magical photos of moths at the Hoe
While the female has white translucent wings and is active during the day on low vegetation, they fly between April and July at the Hoe.
A distinctive moth with pinkish-brown markings with wings folded like a withered autumn leaf which provide an excellent camouflage.
A medium-sized white moth with small black spots on the forewing and a fluffy thorax and abdomen resembling a stoat’s winter ermine coat.
An odd-looking specie due to hindwings held further forward than forewings, thus making it look like a cluster of dead leaves of the poplar.
A distinctive colourful moth with black forewings with cream spots, yellow/orange hindwings and abdomen and a furry black thorax.
30 species of butterflies have been recorded at the Hoe according to seasons.More information
Discover the 220 species of birds including resident, migrant birds and summer or winter visitors.More information
Discover some other insects which can be found on the Hoe such as dragonflies and damselflies and beetles.More information