The Moth Study Group aims to encourage identification and recording of moths in the local area through:

  • Supporting members in improving their moth identification skills, the provision of reference material, and links to other groups and experts.
  • Encouraging monitoring of moths through observation and trapping events across the area.
  • Discovering how records of moth species vary throughout the year and over time.
  • Working with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and other interested groups to improve records of Cornwall's moths.

Mary Atkinson is now taking the lead in this area of east Cornwall and would be happy for others to telephone her regarding meetings so she can compile a list of people to contact at short notice about moth events according to weather conditions. Leon Truscott is the county recorder and he is happy for people to email him about recording moths as all our records should go to him.

Reports for 2015 & 2016 are available to download from the 'Annual Reports from our recorders' listed in the left-hand menu. 

A few of us have now purchased our own Robinson traps and other means of trapping moths. A Safari trap and moth collecting tent are more suited to public moth nights, especially if children are present, as the fluorescent tubes are less damaging than the mercury vapour lamps to the eyes. Thanks to the Caradon Hill Project, we have a set of protective glasses.

A report on the National Moth Nights 2014 will appear shortly. 


The LAPWG Moths Study Group still has about 10 members. Although the task of identifying one of over 2000 mothsCanary Thorn from Dave Groves seems rather daunting, thanks to the excellent Field Guide to Moths by Waring and Townsend, our members have developed good ID skills and we are able to call on experts from the Cornwall Moths Group to identify the 'problem' moths. There are also several excellent image galleries on the web. UK Moths is particularly helpful

Moths trapping and identification provide a useful means of the habitat quality of the area, Because of the specialised feeding habits of each moth, they can be used as Indicator Species to follow any changes due to global warming, habitat changes etc.

Historical. Moths have been studied by LAPG for several years. We have owned one Heath Trap since the originalHeath Trap in use Millennium Award in 2000 and Alison Jewell ran this regularly in Rezare from about 2002. We obtained 3 more Heath Traps from a Sustainable Development Award, through The Tamar Valley AONB and after training from Alison, these have been operated since 2007 by several members mostly in Altarnun, North Hill and St Clether, with an occasional survey in North Petherwin.Mains UV low-energy bulb

On top of this, many records were obtained in 2007 in Launceston by collecting moths on a south facing window, attracted by a low-energy UV lamp inside the house.

The moths recorded in 2007 in 6 parishes in the Launceston area are summarised here


The Library contains a number of images taken by members and is intended as an aid to identification. Please help the Group to build our library by submitting any new pictures with as much detail as possible. If you are unsure of the identity of the moth in your picture please start your description with a '?' so that other members of the Group can offer suggestions.

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Group Contacts:
Mary Atkinson 01579 370433
Leon Truscott (county moth recorder) email: