These are some of Scotland's most beautiful and fascinating moths.

These are 10 of the most spectacular species of Scottish moth

As National Moth Week draws to a close, we look at some of the most beautiful and exotic insects that you may encounter at home.

Monday, 26th July 2021, 1:26 pm

Moths are one of the world’s most misunderstood animals, labelled as creepy and blamed for eating clothes while their butterfly cousins are near-universally loved.

But these largely-nocturnal creatures don’t live up to their dull reputation, coming in a whole range of spectacular shapes and colours.

And, with over 2,500 species of moth in the UK compared to a meagre 59 types of butterfly, there’s no shortage of variety – even if their numbers are currently struggling.

Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful species – many of which look like they belong in a tropical rainforest rather than an Edinburgh garden.

Here are 10 of the most remarkable for you to look out for.

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