Flying Tonight December (Weeks 49 – 52)

The following is a list of the 10 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in weeks 49 – 52, December, with the most common first.  A list of other species recorded in smaller numbers is included at the end. This data is taken from the county moth recorders database and has not been fully verified. For more information about each species please visit UK Moths website.

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Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17 Distribution map & phenology, click to see larger images
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 1174
December Moth Poecilocampa populi 66.001 1631 613
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 412
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 97
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 92
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 87
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 69
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 58
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 57
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 53

Other species recorded in this week in smaller numbers (unverified data):

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 43
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 1923 37
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 2232 36
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 22
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 70.254 1933 19
Sprawler Asteroscopus sphinx 73.065 2227 18
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 17
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 16
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 14
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 14
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 12
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 12
Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata 70.105 1800 12
Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 2240 11
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 10
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 10
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 9
White-speck Mythimna unipuncta 73.296 2203 9
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 8
November Moth agg Epirrita dilutata agg. 70.1071 1795x 7
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 7
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 6
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 6
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 5
Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula 73.223 2246a 5
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 4
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 3
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 3
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 2
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 2
Scalloped Hazel Odontopera bidentata 70.24 1920 2
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 2
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 73.101 2380 2
Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis 70.268 1944 2
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 2
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 72.015 2028 2
Light Feathered Rustic Agrotis cinerea 73.316 2084 2
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 70.184 1819 2
Orange Footman Eilema sororcula 72.049 2043 2
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 2
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 2
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 2
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 2
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 74.004 2078 2
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 2
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 71.021 2008 2
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 2
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 2
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 2
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 1
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 1
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 1
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 1
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 1
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 1
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 1
Striped Hawk-moth Hyles livornica 69.015 1990 1
Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata 70.109 1797 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 1