Goth or Moth?

Simply work out whether each name is a goth band or a type of British moth

The Uncertain

The Uncertain moth
Donald Hobern / CC BY 2.0

Hoplodrina octogenaria may need to have its genitalia examined to distinguish it from the similar-looking The Rustic.

Cousin German

Cousin German moth
©Frode Falkenberg

Protolampra sobrina is rare in the UK, only found in birch woodlands of the Scottish Highlands, and flies in July and August.


Noctivagus (Latin for “night-wandering”) was originally formed in Portugal in 1993 and has released two albums to date.

Rosetta Stone

This British group, formed in the mid-’80s, split up in 1998 after releasing Chemical Emissions.

The Engrailed

The Engrailed moth

Ectropis crepuscularia is common in England and Wales. Its caterpillar form is known as the saddleback looper.

Two Witches

Two Witches was formed in 1987 in Finland by Jyrki Witch and Anne Nurmi. In 2014 the band returned with the album Goodevil.

Malice Mizer

Active from 1992 to 2001, MALICE MIZER turned more goth over time as its line-up and image changed.

Angle Shades

Angle Shades moth

Phlogophora meticulosa is camouflaged as a withered autumn leaf and flies mainly at night between May and October.

The Awakening

“South Africa’s most successful gothic rock act” was founded by vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, producer, etc etc Ashton Nyte.


Emperor moth
Patrick Clement / CC BY 2.0

(Norwegian band Emperor was involved in arson and murder, so we’re not going to argue with them that they’re goths rather than black metal)


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  1. Moth-eaten
  2. Winging It
  3. Hot Larva
  4. Star Pupa