List of moths of Ireland

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Location of Ireland

Irish moths represent about 1,400 different types of moths. The moths (mostly nocturnal) and butterflies (mostly diurnal) together make up the taxonomic order Lepidoptera.

This is a list of moth species which have been recorded in Ireland.


Suborder Zeugloptera[edit]

Superfamily Micropterigoidea[edit]

Family Micropterigidae[edit]

Suborder Glossata[edit]

Infraorder Dacnonypha[edit]

Superfamily Eriocranioidea[edit]

Family Eriocraniidae[edit]

Infraorder Exoporia[edit]

Superfamily Hepialoidea[edit]

Family Hepialidae[edit]

Infraorder Heteroneura[edit]

Division Monotrysia[edit]

Section Nepticulina[edit]

Superfamily Nepticuloidea[edit]
Family Nepticulidae[edit]
Family Opostegidae[edit]
Superfamily Tischerioidea[edit]
Family Tischeriidae[edit]

Section Incurvariina[edit]

Superfamily Incurvarioidea[edit]
Family Incurvariidae[edit]
Family Prodoxidae[edit]
Family Adelidae[edit]
Family Heliozelidae[edit]

Division Ditrysia[edit]

Section Tineina[edit]

Superfamily Tineoidea[edit]
Family Psychidae[edit]
Family Tineidae[edit]
Superfamily Gracillarioidea[edit]
Family Bucculatricidae[edit]
Family Gracillariidae[edit]
Superfamily Schreckensteinioidea[edit]
Family Schreckensteiniidae[edit]
Superfamily Gelechioidea[edit]
Family Agonoxenidae[edit]
Family Batrachedridae[edit]
Family Blastobasidae[edit]
Family Coleophoridae[edit]
Family Cosmopterigidae[edit]
Family Elachistidae[edit]
Family Gelechiidae[edit]
Family Momphidae[edit]
Family Oecophoridae[edit]
Family Peleopodidae[edit]
Family Scythrididae[edit]
Superfamily Copromorphoidea[edit]
Family Alucitidae[edit]
Family Epermeniidae[edit]
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea[edit]
Family Bedelliidae[edit]
Family Glyphipterigidae[edit]
Family Lyonetiidae[edit]
Family Plutellidae[edit]
Family Praydidae[edit]
Family Yponomeutidae[edit]
Family Ypsolophidae[edit]
Superfamily Pyraloidea[edit]
Family Crambidae[edit]
Family Pyralidae[edit]
Superfamily Pterophoroidea[edit]
Family Pterophoridae[edit]
Superfamily Sesioidea[edit]
Family Choreutidae[edit]
Family Sesiidae[edit]
Superfamily Zygaenoidea[edit]
Family Zygaenidae[edit]

Section Cossina[edit]

Superfamily Cossoidea[edit]
Family Cossidae[edit]
Superfamily Tortricoidea[edit]
Family Tortricidae[edit]
Superfamily Geometroidea[edit]
Family Geometridae[edit]
Superfamily Drepanoidea[edit]
Family Drepanidae[edit]
Superfamily Bombycoidea[edit]
Family Lasiocampidae[edit]
Family Saturniidae[edit]
Family Sphingidae[edit]
Superfamily Noctuoidea[edit]
Family Erebidae[edit]
Family Noctuidae[edit]
Family Nolidae[edit]
Family Notodontidae[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Bond, K.G.M., Nash, R. and O'Connor, J.P., 2006: An annotated checklist of the Irish butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) The Irish Biogeographical Society and the National Museum of Ireland ISBN 0-9511514-9-5
  • K. G. M. Bond and J. P. O'Connor, 2012 Additions, deletions and corrections to An annotated checklist of the Irish butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) with a concise checklist of Irish species and Elachista biatomella (Stainton, 1848) new to Ireland Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 2012: pp 60-179. [1] concise and updated checklist of the Irish Lepidoptera is provided, based on Bond, Nash and O'Connor (2006). The Fauna Europaea species number is used, followed by the number used in Bradley (2000) in square brackets.
  • Heath, John, Ed. 1976- The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Phil Sterling, Mark Parsons and Richard Lewington, 2012 Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland British Wildlife Publications ISBN 0-9564902-1-2
  • Paul Waring, Martin Townsend, Mark Tunmore and Richard Lewington, 2009 Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland ISBN 978-0-9531399-8-9

Further reading[edit]

  • Jon Clifton and Jim Wheeler (2011). Bird-dropping Tortrix Moths of the British Isles. A Field Guide to the Bird-dropping Mimics Dorchester: Clifton & Wheeler ISBN 978-0-9568352-0-8
  • Chris Manley (2008) British moths and butterflies. A photographic guide. Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd / London: A&C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-8636-4
  • Jim Porter (2010) Caterpillars of the British Isles Apollo Books ISBN 9788788757958
  • Jon Clifton and Jim Wheeler (2012). Conifer Moths of the British Isles: A Field Guide to Coniferous-feeding Lepidoptera Clifton and Wheeler ISBN 978-0-9568352-1-5
  • Sean Clancy, Morten Top-Jensen and Michael Fibiger (2012) Moths of Great Britain and Ireland: A field guide to all the macro-moths Oestermarie, Denmark ISBN 9788799351244
  • Bernard Skinner (2009).The Colour identification guide to the moths of the British Isles (3rd edition) Apollo Books. ISBN 978-8788757903
  • A.M. Emmet (1988). A field guide to the smaller British Lepidoptera (2nd edition) British Entomological and Natural History Society ISBN 978-0-9502891-6-8 Not identification - includes summaries of life histories, behaviour and info on finding species
  • M.C. Harvey, J. Clifton & B. Goodey (2010).British and Irish moths: an illustrated guide to selected difficult species (covering the use of genitalia characteristics and other features), Butterfly Conservation, Wareham, Dorset. ISBN 978-0-9562216-6-7
  • A.M. Riley & G. Prior (2003).British and Irish Pug Moths. A guide to their identification and biology Harley Books.ISBN 0-946589-51-8
  • B. Goater (1986).British Pyralid moths, A comprehensive photographic guide to pyralid moths of the British Isles, giving distribution, flight-times and habitats and foodplants for each species. Harley Books ISBN 0-946589-08-9
  • J.D. Bradley, W.G. Tremewan & A. Smith (1979).British Tortricoid moths 2 volumes Ray Society. London.ISBN 978-1-904690-12-2
  • David Newland, Robert Still, & Andy Swash, 2013 Britain’s Day-flying Moths: A Field Guide to the Day-flying Moths of Britain and Ireland Wild Guides ISBN 978-0-691-15832-7
  • Peder Skou, 1997 The Geometroid Moths of North Europe: Lepidoptera - Drepanidae and Geometridae (Entomonograph) Brill Archive ISBN 978-90-04-07859-8
  • Michael Fibiger et al. Noctuidae Europaeae Soro, Denmark: Entomological Press


See also[edit]

Other languages. Accounts of species are often more complete on

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