Resources for recording and identifying micro-moths

This is the online version of one of the handouts from my micro-moth training courses.

Online resources

Guidance on which micro-moths can be identified in the field or need specimens

Butterfly Conservation – Moths Count – National Moth Recording Scheme

Moth traps, nets and other field equipment

Local contacts


  • Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland. Sterling, M. Parsons and R. Lewington, British Wildlife Publishing, 2012. (Illustrates moths in natural resting positions.)
  • Common Micro-moths of Berkshire. Berkshire Moth Group, 2013. (Superbly illustrated photo-guide to c. 100 of the most commonly seen species, likely to be found in many counties as well as Berkshire.)
  • British Moths (second edition). C. Manley, Bloomsbury, 2015. (Photographs of live moths. Comprehensive for macro-moths but has a good range of micro-moths as well.)
  • British Plume Moths. C. Hart. BENHS 2011. (Thorough and well-illustrated handbook for this family.)
  • Bird-dropping Tortrix Moths of the British Isles (second edition). J. Clifton and J. Wheeler. 2016. (A very well-illustrated and helpful guide to 65 species that mimic bird-droppings.)
  • Conifer Moths of the British Isles. J. Clifton and J. Wheeler. 2012. (Includes 108 species, over half of which are micros, that feed on conifers.)
  • Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland (multiple volumes). A.M. Emmett et al., various dates. (Pricey, but the good volumes are excellent: volumes 3, 4(1) and 4(2). Vol 7(2) contains a comprehensive chart of the life-histories, phenology and foodplants of all Lepidoptera. [The Tortricidae volume 5 has not been well-reviewed.])
  • Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) of Europe (two volumes). J. Razowski. Slamka 2002. (Very good but expensive.)