Flying Tonight Early April (Week 14)

The following is a list of the 25 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 14, early April, 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
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 4564
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 3250
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 1763
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 1222
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 736
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 333
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 290
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 269
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 233
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 164
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 137
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 135
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 111
White Spot Hadena albimacula 73.284 2172 90
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 83
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 82
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 77
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 70.239 1919 72
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 65
Lychnis Hadena bicruris 73.281 2173 60
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 59
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 52
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 51

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 43
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 42
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 41
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 39
Streamer Anticlea derivata 70.067 1747 37
Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum 73.263 2157 33
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 28
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 71.011 2015 26
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 24
Grey Arches Polia nebulosa 73.261 2150 24
Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata 73.279 2164 24
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 21
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 20
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 19
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 19
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 18
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 16
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 16
Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias 70.203 1661 14
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 12
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 12
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 12
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 11
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 10
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 10
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 9
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 73.058 2221 9
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 9
Shears Hada plebeja 73.273 2147 9
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 9
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 74.004 2078 8
Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata 70.201 1880 7
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 73.246 2185 6
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 5
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 5
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 73.243 2183 5
Dingy Shears Apterogenum ypsillon 73.222 2314 5
Mottled Grey Colostygia multistrigaria 70.101 1775 4
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 4
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 4
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 71.02 2011 3
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 3
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 3
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 73.053 2214 3
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 3
Northern Drab Orthosia opima 73.248 2184 3
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 3
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 71.013 2003 3
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens 65.015 1660 2
Puss Moth Cerura vinula 71.003 1995 2
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 2
Scalloped Hazel Odontopera bidentata 70.24 1920 2
Dew Moth Setina irrorella 72.05 2036 2
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 2
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 2
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 1
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 1
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 1
Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia 70.271 1948 1
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 71.017 2007 1
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 1
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 68.001 1643 1
White-marked Cerastis leucographa 73.337 2140 1
Festoon Apoda limacodes 53.001 173 1
Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria 65.001 1645 1
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 1
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 70.238 1918 1
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 1
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 1
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 1
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 1
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 1
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 70.157 1853 1