I'm still a bit old fashioned when it comes to identification. I want to look in a book to find out what something is. This means that I have lots of books about identification of birds (not that it means that I get it right of course) and when it comes to moths and butterflies the same applies. The two moths that I proffered yesterday were not in my book, so I had to go to my percieved second option and ask someone else. I could have done what Jonathon claims to have done and go to the UK Moths website and look through the pictures of all the species until I found the right one, and then wouldn't have bothered y'all with my little request. The thing is that it never actually occured to me! Not for one minute did I think that there may have been a valuable resource online that could help. Not in a book, see. So for those that are still interested...
Image 1 was a Bee Moth Aphomia sociella and it is common. Bee Moths are sexually dimorphic, and this was a female. They are, of course, common.
Image 2 was a Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana. UK Moths says the following about it...
This originally Australian species was probably accidentally introduced into Cornwall in the 1930's and since then has spread quickly northwards, and is now regular in many parts, and very common in some areas [of course - Ed.].So there.
A pest species in Australian orchards, it is one of the most catholic polyphages in Britain, and should be considered as a possibility when identifying larvae off any plant.
It flies in two generations between May and October.
For the sake having a picture - here is another moth. It is called a Grey Dagger. But it might be a Dark Dagger. The only way to tell them apart is to analyse their genitals. And it might kill it. Which is a bit unfortunate if you just found the rarer of the two, yes? But I don't know how to analyse moth genitals and to be honest, I have no inclination to find out. So lets assume that it's the common species, right?
Grey Dagger doing Acronicta psi