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Butterflies and Moths: Introduction


With over 1500 species in Staffordshire (out of 2500 in the UK), the butterflies and moths form a important part of our insect fauna. The butterflies are one of the best known groups of insects, familiar to all yet, with less than 40 species being seen regularly, they form only a very small part of the Lepidoptera of the county. However, until recently, they have received the most attention, mainly because they fly during the day whereas most moths are nocturnal and there are many more books on the identification of butterflies than there are on moths.

In the last 10 years we have seen the publication of new field guides to the moths, illustrating them in their resting position rather than as dead specimens in display cases. Together with the advent of the digital camera and the proliferation of on-line sources they have revolutionised an interest in these fantastic and beautiful creatures. We hope that these pages will enable you to learn more about the Lepidoptera of our county and to contribute, via your records, to our further understanding of them.

This atlas of the Moths and Butterflies of Staffordshire is based upon The Larger Moths of Staffordshire[1] and Atlas of Lepidoptera of Staffordshire; Part 1 Butterflies[2], but now includes more detailed maps of all the moths (macros and micros) and butterflies too.

Abbreviations used in the atlas

NSJFS North Staffordshire Journal of Field Studies, published by Keele University (1961-1981)
TNSFC Transactions of the North Staffordshire Field Club (1866-2002)
VCH Victoria County History edited by W.Page (1908), download the text from The Internet Achive


  1. D.W.Emley & R.G.Warren (2001) The Larger Moths of Staffordshire, Staffordshire Ecological Record, Sandon ISBN 1 874414 20 3
  2. R.G. Warren (1984) , Atlas of the Lepidoptera of Staffordshire, Part 1 Butterflies, Staffordshire Biological Recording Scheme Publication No 11, ISBN 0 905080 27 0

Excluded Species

A number of records have not been accepted for the atlas, these are listed here


  • Unless otherwise credited all photographs in the Atlas are ©copyright David Emley
  • All photographs in the Atlas are ©copyright and should not be reproduced elsewhere without the express permission of the copyright holder
  • Species descriptions are based on a number of existing published sources

Printing of this publication for educational purposes is permitted, provided that copies are not made or distributed for commercial gain, and the title of the publication and its date appear. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission from the Author or Staffordshire Ecological Record.

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